2012 Newton County Appeal Obituaries

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The Newton County Appeal
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Obituaries January 2012


Truman H. Yates page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Truman H. Yates were held Monday, January 2, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Sebastopol. Rev. Jerry Bennett and Rev. Jason Price officiated with burial in Gilmer Chapel Church of God Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Yates, 80, of the Horseshoe Community, passed away Friday, December 30, 2011 at his residence in Walnut Grove.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Yates; three sons, Nelson Yates and wife Vicki, Danny Young and wife Shelia, Greg Yates and wife Liz; three brothers; five sisters; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Timothy Yates, Brian Yates, Scot King, Shannon Yates, Joe Yates and Gary Kiddy.

Raymond Cumberland page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Raymond Cumberland were held at John E. Stephens Chapel, Philadelphia, at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2012. Rev. Ronnie Spivey,  Sr. and Rev. David Hardy officiated with burial in Sandtown Cemetery. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Raymond Cumberland, 82, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011 at his residence.

David Willis page-up-icon 24x24
Services for David Willis will be held at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 2 p.m. with burial in Church Cemetery located in Philadelphia with Rev. Doby Henry officiating. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Willis, age 72, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2011 at Choctaw Residential Center.

Joshua Ray White
Preston James White
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Graveside services for Joshua Ray White and Preston James White were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Pace Cemetery, with Bro. Billie Gene Nichols, Bro. Roger Yorks, and Bro. Herman Kelly officiating. Burial was in Pace Cemetery.

Newton County Funeral Home North, Newton, was in charge of the  arrangements.

Joshua Ray and Preston James, both of Hattiesburg, died Friday, December 30, 2011. 

Emma Blanks page-up-icon 24x24
Graveside services for Emma Blanks were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Union City Cemetery with Bro. Chris Vowell officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Blanks, 85, passed away Tuesday, January 03, at Hilltop Manor.

Kenneth Troy Garrison page-up-icon 24x24
Graveside services for Kenneth Troy Garrison were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Garrison Family Cemetery with Rev. Gabe Swan and Rev. Rusty Walton officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Garrison, 55, of Newton, died Tuesday, January 10, at his residence.

Gene Austin “Buddy” Gibbs page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Gene Austin “Buddy” Gibbs wereheld at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Salem Baptist Church in Lake,  with burial following in the Salem Baptist Cemetery. Rev. Larry Duncan, Rev. Sammy Stroud and Rev. Kenny Lang officiated.  Wolf Funeral Services in Morton, was in charge of the  arrangements.

Mr. Gibbs, 79, a resident of Lake passed away Monday, January 09, at Lackey Memorial Hospital in Forest.

Bobby “Shank” Hurst page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Bobby “Shank” Hurst were held Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2 p.m. in Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel with Bro. Jackie Strebeck and Bro. Victor Bugg officiating. Burial followed in Sand Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements

Mr. Hurst, age 69 and a resident of Hickory, passed away in his home January 13, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born January 20, 1942 and lived in Hickory most of his life, with over 25 years living in Metarie, LA, working for Kansas City Southern and Illinois Central Railroad, where he made numerous friends who remained close the rest of his life. Mr. Hurst was a member of Hickory Masonic Lodge and member of the Moose Lodge. He could always make you laugh, even when you didn’t feel like it, he was full of life, and will be remembered for his love for family, friends, and animals.

He is survived by a son, Dan Hurst and (Camie) of Hickory; three daughters, Dana Maxwell and  (Keith) of Chunky, Dana L. Darouse and (Todd) of Ark. and Angela Curtis of FL; grandchildren, Chris, Corbin and Coltin Hurst, Jeffrey and Josh Maxwell, and Taegan, and Trace Darouse; brothers, Charles and Ronnie Hurst; his beloved sister, Margaret Elzee; his mother, Annie McNeil Hurst; and friends, Waylon Nunley from Hickory, and “Dago” Lenny Conzonere from LA. and his dog “Brutus”.

He was preceded in death by his father Leon Hurst and oldest grandson Jason Maxwell.

Pallbearers were his grandsons and nephew Johnny Dickens. Honorary pallbearers were Herbert Lee Harris and his “buddy” David Todd.

You will be greatly missed Daddy.

Visitation was held at Newton County Funeral Home South in Newton, on Sunday, January 15, from 5 until 8 p.m.

Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Carolee Gregory page-up-icon 24x24
Memorial gathering for Carolee Gregory wereheld from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home of Union. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Darrell Dean Gregory of Union; two daughters, Tracy Hall and husband Bobby, April Vanderwood and husband Brad; a son, Michael Gregory and wife Ruth; a grandson, Troy Gregory; a granddaughter, Danielle Gregory; three great granddaughters, Emerald, Vayda and Marley; a sister, Lorraine Hendrickson.

Mrs. Gregory is preceded in death by a daughter, Terri Gregory and one grandson, Gabriel.

Family requests that memorials be made to Lupus Foundation (P.O. Box 24292 Jackson, MS 39225-4292).

Dr. Horace Garland Gordon page-up-icon 24x24
Funeral services for Dr. Horace Garland Gordon were held at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2 p.m. with burial in Highland Memorial Gardens. Dr. Tim Lovett and Rev. Tim Kelley officiated.

Dr. Gordon age 86, of Hueytown, AL, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2012.

Dr. Gordon graduated from the University of Alabama with a Ed. D degree. He was a former member of Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham and a member of Calvery Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa. He retired as a Director of Instruction in 1992 from the Jefferson County Board of Education. He also served as Music Minister of several churches in Birmingham.

He is survived by his wife, Nadine Y. Gordon of Hueytown; his sons, Chris (Pam) Gordon of Tuscaloosa and Stephen Gordon of Birmingham; his granddaughter, Victoria Gordon of Tuscaloosa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Garland and Leah Gordon; his sisters, Nannie Lee Fulce and Lela Nettleingham.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Monday. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of West Alabama.

Jean Dyess Barrett page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Jean Dyess Barrett were held Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2 p.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Johnny Collins officiating. Burial followed in Linwood Cemetery in Neshoba County.

Mrs. Barrett, 83, died Friday, January 13, at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian.

Oscar Kenneth Killen page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Oscar Kenneth Killen will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Pine Grove Baptist Church in the House Community with burial in the church cemetery. Bro. Rusty Walton, Bro. Lin Chesney, and Dr. Danny Lanier will officiate. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Killen, 80, of Union, died Sunday, January 15, at his residence in Union.

He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Estelle Killen of Union; son, Jeff Killen of Union; daughter, Lisa Thomas and Fiance’ Barry Smith of Union; a granddaughter, Lauren Pogue and husband Jeremy of Collinsville; a great granddaughter, Kennedy Pouge; two sisters, Clara Hardy of Union and Dot Dearing of Union; three brothers, Edgar Ray Killen of Union, Bobby Killen of Union, and J.D. Killen of Philadelphia.

Mr. Killen is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Killen and two brothers, Roy Gene “Shorty” Killen and Jerry Killen.

Pallbearers will be Ferrell Alexander, Mark Kemp, Joe Kemp, Doyle Wolverton, Brian Taylor, David Ray Hardy, Ricky Harrison and Dwight Keady. Honorary pallbearers will be B.R. Smith, Billy Butler and the Men of Adult 6 Sunday School Class. Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, at Milling Funeral Home of Union and also 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.

Cynthia Jean Bower page-up-icon 24x24
Funeral  services for Cynthia Jean Bower were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home South in Newton. Burial was in Nance Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Newton County Funeral Home South, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Bower, 59 of Lawrence, died Wednesday, January 18, at Pioneer Hospital in Newton.

She was a strong advocate for the adult mentally handicapped. She was active in her Sunday School and the Faith Circle of the Newton United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Nance Hill Quilters Group and participated in several youth activies such as the Boy Scouts, Brownies, and Little League Baseball.

Survivors include her husband, Patrick J. Bower, Lawrence; father,  Robert E. Byrne, Lawrence; mother, Pattye J. Byrne nee Nance, Lawrence, sons, Andrew James Bower (Elissa) Marietta, GA. and Stephen Jeffery Bower, Jackson; sister, Marilyn Byrne Hill (Gregg), Hillsboro, TX; niece, Mary Byrne Hill, Hillsboro, TX; father and mother-in-law, Lowell and Virginia Snider, Ft. Myers, FL; brother-in-law, Michael Bower, Ft. Myers, FL; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Christina Callison, Springfield, OH.

Preceded in death by a son, Robert George Bower.

Pallbearers were David Kerr, Daryl Ford, Van Lucas, Bob Beckley, Jamie Nance and Judd Nance. Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, January 20, at Newton County South. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Amercian Cancer Association and/or the American Diabetes Association. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Dr. James Neal Luke page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Dr. James Neal Luke were held Friday, January 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Dan Howard, Rev. Fred Britton and Rev. Curt Pace officiating.  Burial followed in Coy Cemetery in Preston.

Dr. Luke, 58, of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, January 17, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

He was a native and longtime resident of Neshoba County. He received a degree from Mississippi State University in Animal and Dairy Science and a degree from Auburn University in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Luke operated Luke Animal Clinic in Philadelphia and Union. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association. He was past president of the Philadelphia High School Band Booster Club.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle Luke; daughters, Mary Lauren Luke and Melissa Ann Luke; mother, Ruth Luke; sister, Jan Goldman and her husband, Ricky; and nephew, Richard Goldman and his wife, Erin all of Philadelphia.

Dr. Luke was preceded in death by his father, James Ray Luke in 2004.

Pallbearers were Otto Rouse, Max Anderson, Bunkie Smith, Dr. Duane Stokes, Tom Henry and Kenny Joe Bankston.

Thomas Hardy Wilson page-up-icon 24x24
Graveside services for Thomas Hardy Wilson, age 82 of Newton, will be  11 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Masonic Cemetery in Newton. Newton County Funeral Home South, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Wilson died Monday, January 23, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton.

Mr. Wilson was an Elder and Deacon at Newton Presbyterian Church and a Veteran of the Korean War where he received three Bronze Stars and a Distinguished Unit Citation. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by a son, David A. Wilson, Newton, three grandchildren, Allen Wilson and wife Amanda, of Meridian, April Wilson of Forest and  Brett Wilson of Gulfport; great grandchild, Madelyn Grace Wilson of Meridian, a brother, Lewis Wilson of Garlandville, two sisters, Vera Smith of Louin, and Jo McCormick of Newton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Allison Y. Wilson and Mabel Hardy Wilson; wife, Kathryn Wilson; a  brother, A.Y. Wilson, two sisters, Lula Alice Holiday and Elizabeth Boutwell.

Pallbearers were Ted Whittle,  Joel Nelson, Andy Gardner, Clarence Allen,  Warren Willis and Stacey Sykes. Honorary Pallbearers were the Elders and Decaons of Newton Presbyterian Church. Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Newton County Funeral Home South. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Andrew Harrison Powell page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Andrew Harrison Powell were be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Rocky Hill Church of God with Rev. C.M. Jinkerson, Rev. James Steele, Rev. Brett Cooper-Graveside and Rev. Joe Robbins officiating with burial in Rocky Hill Church of God Cemetery. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services, Philadelphia, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Andrew Harrison Powell, 79, passed away on Sunday, January 22, at his residence.

Obituaries February 2012

Charlene Putnam Tanner page-up-icon 24x24
Memorial services for Charlene Putnam Tanner were held on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Newton County Funeral Home, South Chapel with Dr. Brian Rushing and Bro. Randy Cuchens officiating. Newton County Funeral Home South, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Tanner, 87, of Newton died Thursday, January 26, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She received her undergraduate degree in home economics from Mississippi State College for Women and her masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She was a former Newton County Home Economist. Her career span as a teacher began as Home Economics teacher in Lake. Upon completion of her masters degree she taught elementary school at Beulah Hubbard and Newton until retirement. After her retirement, Mrs. Tanner served as director of the Newton Senior Citizens Center for several years. She and her husband, also owned and operated Tanner's Grocery & Market in Newton.

Mrs. Tanner was a member of First Baptist Church of Newton where she served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the choir. She was a former community volunteer. She served as a Girl Scout leader, a Boy Scout leader, and was a member of the Newton Business & Professional Women's Club, of which she served as President many times. Her sweet spirit, kindheartedness, and sense of humor will be remembered by many of her former students and friends.

Mrs. Tanner was a resident of the Beehive Assisted Living Facility in Newton for the past five years. Her family would like to thank Tammie Massey and the staff there for taking such good care of her and becoming part of her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Crisco of Brandon, Amy Tanner McClellan and her husband, Danny of Tupelo; a son, Jimmy Tanner, and his wife, Gloria, of Forest; two granddaughters, Lane Elizabeth McClellan of Tupelo, and Kristen Danielle McClellan, of Denver, CO; a sister, Lois Putnam Derway of Forest.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ed Tanner, Jr., of Newton; her son-in-law, Charles M. Crisco of Brandon; and her parents, Otho and Lillie Mae Putnam of the Steele Community in Scott County.

Visitation was held from 1 until 3 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.  Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Daisy Lee McDonald page-up-icon 24x24
Graveside services for Daisy Lee McDonald were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday January 27, 2012 from the Sharon Primitive Baptist Cemetery. Rev. Tommy Anderson and Rev. Steve Robinson officiated. Ott & Lee Funeral Home of Forest was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. McDonald, age 70, a resident of Brandon, passed away Tuesday January 24, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton following an extended illness.

Mrs. McDonald was born in Newton County on October 22, 1941 to Clyde Cooksey and Dorothy Lee Cooksey. After completing high school she married Robert McDonald. Mrs. McDonald was a Real Estate agent for ERA, where she retired in 1996. She was a wonderful person who was well-liked by all who knew her, and loved by her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Mrs. McDonald is survived by her husband, Robert McDonald of Brandon; two sons, Brad McDonald (Amy) of Ward, AL. and Scott McDonald of Brandon; a grandson, Logan McDonald of Conehatta. She is also survived by four sisters, Dot Bounds (Frank) of Marietta, GA., Clydene Bolton of Newton, Pam Collins (Ray) also of Newton, Gail Tarver of Pearl and two brothers, Jimmy Cooksey (Diane) and Otis Cooksey (Linda) both of Lake.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Billy Cooksey and Walter “Red” Cooksey and sisters, Doris Thompson and Louvenia “Cookie” Pearson.

Pallbearers were Raymond Clark, Clark Milling, Barkley Cooksey, Jerry Dale Pearson, Barry Pace and Charles Moulds.

Visitation was held Thursday January 26, from 5 until 8:30 p.m. at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest. Visit our website www.ottandleefuneralhome.com to sign guestbook.

Billy Gene Rice page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Billy Gene Rice were held 10 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Union City Cemetery. Rev. Arthur Gene Rice, Rev. Johnny Collins, and Chaplin Lt. Adam Rice officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rice, 83, of Union, died Wednesday, January 25, at his residence in Union.

Mr. Rice was born in Crystal Springs. He previously lived in Morton for 29 years, but was a resident of Union the last 18 years. Mr. Rice was in the grocery business until his retirement. He was a member of Neshoba Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lessine Smith Rice of Union; children, Gary Rice and wife Connie of Thomasville, Ala. and Cindy Cleveland and husband Jerry of Union; grandchildren, Angela Vereen and husband Sean of Chattanooga, TN., Bo Rice and wife Rebekah of Loxley, AL., Adam Rice and wife Sarah of Louisville, KY., Clancy Hamrick and husband Dustin of Union, and Kim Jayroe and husband Jay of Philadelphia; seven great grandchildren, Bricen, Ana and Ali Vereen of Chattanooga, TN., Garrett, Hannah, and Samuel Rice of Loxley, AL., and Luke Rice of Louisville, KY; brother, Jack Rice and wife Peggy of Raymond; sister-in-law, Claudine Smith Coker of Memphis, TN.

Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Ruby Rice.

Pallbearers were R.L. Goforth, Vern Green, Jimmy Miller, Rusty Hanna, Larry Moore and Jimmy Darby. Honorary pallbearers were Men of Neshoba Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorials be made to Gideons International: Newton County Gideons PO Box 297 Newton, Ms. 39345 Visitation was held 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, January 26, at the funeral home.

Irene Chaney Turner page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Irene Chaney Turner, were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with Revs. Danny Chaney, Gene Higginbotham and Rev. Warren Hedgepeth officiating. Stephens Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Turner, age 100 years, 10 months, and one day young, of Little Rock, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, January 27 at Hilltop Manor Nursing Home in Union.

Survivors include two daughters, Pattie Russell and her husband Carroll, of Hattiesburg, and Lynn Bowden of Union; a brother, John Chaney of Kosciusko; three grandchildren, Sonya Crocker and her husband, David of Union, Sean Mowdy and his wife, Amanda of Union, and Lee Russell of Hattiesburg; four great grandchildren, Justin Evans and his wife, Stephanie, Nick Crocker and his wife, Treasure, Larea Bufkin and her husband, Chris, and Zach Mowdy; and three great great grandchildren, Alyssa Evans, Jaidyn Bufkin and John Bufkin.

Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by her husband, Davis Turner, a grandson, Don Russell, four sisters, and a brother.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Ezell, Billy Ezell, Ronnie Smith, Bryan Rhodes, Jody Chaney and Mike Chaney. Visitation was Monday, January 30, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Leslie Earl Watkins page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Leslie Earl Watkins were held Monday, January 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Sebastopol. Reverends Brett Cooper and Nicholas Chambers officiated with burial in Mt. Bethel Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation was held from 9:30 until 11 a.m. Monday, January 30, at Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol.

Dr. William A. “Bill” Box page-up-icon 24x24
Dr. William A. “Bill” Box, age 87, a native of Eupora, Mississippi and a resident of Satsuma, Alabama, died last Saturday, January 28, 2012.

As a boy, he loved the outdoors and was a Boy Scout. He also had a love for music, and played the tuba in high school and college. He graduated from Starkville High School in 1941, and was enrolled in the engineering school at Mississippi State University before joining the U.S. Army during WWII. He served in the Signal Corps as a sergeant in Belgium, and was a lifetime member of VFW Post 7320.

After the war, he returned home and changed his career plans to medicine. He graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1952, and practiced medicine in Newton and Magee, and West Virginia before becoming one of the first doctors in North Mobile County, opening a practice in Satsuma, Alabama in 1960; he was one of the founders of Suburban Hospital in Satsuma.

After many years in private practice, Dr. Box joined the medical staff at Searcy Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Alabama, eventually becoming the Medical Director.

After more than ten years at Searcy Hospital he retired from the practice of medicine and devoted his full attention to his long-time hobbies of fishing, turkey hunting, gardening, cooking and woodworking.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Dr. Julia H. Box; three children, Michael E. Box (Cheryl), Cathy Arriola (Steve) and James W. Box; eleven grandchildren, Julie Balcombe, David Arriola, Nathan Arriola (Adriana), John Arriola, Rachel Arriola, Joel Arriola, William Box, Natasha Box, Caleb Box, Jessica Chapa (Michael) and Michael Bozeman; one great-grandchild, Gabrielle Bozeman; two sisters, Betty Deen and Pat Holman; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Dr. Box was preceded in death by his parents, Simeon Witt Box and Pattie Snow Felton Box, and his wife, Claudette Cleek Box.

Friends are invited to a celebration of Bill Box’s life on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 1 until 5 p.m. at the home of Mike and Cheryl Box, 5671 Laurel Drive, Satsuma, Alabama 36572. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to the Boy Scouts of America, 2587 Government Boulevard, Mobile, Alabama 36606; or to Allen Memorial Home, 735 S Washington Avenue, Mobile, Alabama 36603. Condolences may be offered at www.radneyfuneralhome-saraland.com

Malcolm Melvin Dorrough page-up-icon 24x24
Memorial services for Malcolm Melvin Dorrough, age 83, and a resident of Newton, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at Newton United Methodist Church in Newton with Rev. Ed Saunders and Dr. Albert McMullen officiating. Newton County Funeral Home South, Newton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Wednesday prior to the service at Newton United Methodist Church.

Mr. Dorrough died Sunday, January 29, 2012 at his residence in Newton.

Mr. Dorrough was a member of The American Legion. He enjoyed watching sports, especially the Lakers, jet skiing, and he loved his dog Molly. Mr Dorrough also served as a veteran of US Navy during WWII.

He is survived by his wife: Kathryn Geneva Dorrough, Newton; Son: Sam Dorrough & wife Lisa, Huntington Beach, CA; Daughter: Pamela Walker, Huntington Beach, CA; Step Daughters: Vicky Storey & husband Scott, Gardena, CA, Kay Watts & husband AL, Madison, MS, Pat Dilley & husband Randy, Forest, MS, Judy Brand of Newton, , and Joy Sennett & husband Ron, Brandon, MS; Sister: Rowena Boison of Chicago, IL; Sister In Law: Mary Dorrough in Santa Rosa , CA; 13 Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren, and several Nephews & Nieces.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, Emmett and Sarah McMullen Dorrough and a brother, Everett Dorrough

Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Ida Kennedy page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Ida Kennedy were held Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Altare Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Moncrief, officiating. Burial was held in Evans Cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Kennedy, 108, of Newton, died January 21, 2012 at her residence. Visitation was held on Friday, January 27, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jane Brand Moore page-up-icon 24x24
Mrs. Jane Brand Moore, 84, passed away Monday, January 30, 2012.

She was the daughter of the late Thomas Walter Brand and Velma Estell Lewis Brand and was preceded in death by her nine brothers and sisters.

Jane is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Norman Leavell Moore of Dalton; daughters and son-in-law, Norma Jane Moore of Norcross, GA. and Linda Moore Woodard and Robert Woodard of Dalton; grandchildren, Tyler Woodard Chambers and Jordan of Shenzhen, China, Zachary Moore Woodard and Maxwell Lee Woodard both of Dalton, nieces and nephews.

A heartfelt appreciation is extended to the staff of Morningside of Dalton and to Hospice Advantage for their loving care given to Jane. A native of Decatur, MS and formerly of Snellville, GA, Jane was a loving person who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Graveside services and burial will be Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton with Mr. Matt Carr officiating. Love Funeral Home, Dalton was in charge of the arrangements.

The family asks that flowers please be omitted and memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 922 E. Morris St., Dalton, GA. 30721 or Grace Presbyterian Church, 2107 Threadmill Rd., Dalton, GA. 30720. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.lovefuneralhomega.com

Faye Brantley page-up-icon 24x24
Funeral services for Faye Brantley will be held 2:00 P.M. , on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel, 9998 Hwy. 15 North, Newton. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 P.M. - 1:45 P.M. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Brantley, 74 of Jackson, MS, died Thursday, February 2, 2012. at Hospice Ministries. She was a native of Newton County, and a longtime resident of Jackson. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Newton.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roger Brantley and J.D. Fairley, and her parents, Jessie D. and Myrtle Williams Jones.

Survivors include: daughter: Cindy (Tim) McFadden; grandchildren: Jamie (Rodger) Cox and Jordan Worrell; great-grandson: Brandon Cox, all of Madison; brother: Richard (Joan) Jones; nephews: Jim and Doug Jones, all of Philadelphia; nine step children and numerous step grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to the charity of your choice. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Zula M. Lyles page-up-icon 24x24
Graveside services for Zula M. Lyles, will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Old Mt. Calvary MB Church. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Lyles, age 83, of Newton, went to her eternal home on Tuesday, Jan. 31st, at home in Newton.

Visitation was held Saturday, Feb. 4, at the church in Lawrence.

Lamar McKinion page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Lamar McKinion were held Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 2 PM from Antioch Baptist Church with Dr. Ray Spence, Rev. Mike Truhett and Rev. Bill Freeman officiating. Burial followed in Antioch Cemetery in

Neshoba County. McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McKinion, 75, of Little Rock, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at his residence.

He was born and reared in Neshoba County and made his home in Newton County most of his adult life. Mr. McKinion was a member and former deacon of Antioch Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude McKinion of Little Rock; daughter, Barbara Rigdon and her husband, Dennis of Little Rock; son, Steve McKinion and his wife, Wanda of Little Rock; granddaughters, Abbey Rigdon and Anna Rigdon; sister, Peggy Palmer of Union; and brothers, Bill McKinion of Collinsville and Raymond McKinion of Meridian.

Mr. McKinion was preceded in death by his parents, William and Inez McKinion.

Pallbearers were Brian Pierce, Greg Winstead, David McKinion, Kenneth McKinion, Keith McKinion, Kevin McKinion, Ike Rucker and Jerry Rucker.

Thomas Victor “Vic” Murphey III page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Thomas Victor "Vic" Murphey III were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Brandon First United Methodist Church with burial in Brandon Memorial Gardens in Brandon.

Mr. Murphey, age 59, died Thursday, January 26, at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.

Mr. Murphey was a native of Newton and was presently a self-employed accountant.

He had retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the military after 23 years of service.

Mr. Murphey was a former banker and Mayor of Pelahatchie. He attended several colleges and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Banking.

He was a member of Brandon First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Murphey of Brandon; children, Greg Murphey and wife Pam of Flowood, Mandi Henderson and husband Derrick of Brandon, Beau Murphey of Brandon and Beau's fiancee, Katie Watkins of Madison; granddaughters, Megan and Abby Murphey of Flowood, Tyler and Drew Henderson of Brandon; brother, Glen Murphey and wife Sidney Carol of Pascagoula; sister-in-law, Rosie Murphey of Brandon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Victor Murphey Jr. and Helen Murphey and a brother, Barry Murphey.

Memorials may be made to the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital, 2500 North State St., Jackson, MS 39216.

Danny Wayne Parsons page-up-icon 24x24
Danny Wayne Parsons, age 50, died January 29, 2012. He was born in Magnolia, MS on March 9, 1961. He passed shortly after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

He was preceded in death by his father Paul E. Parsons.

He is survived by his son Danny Jr. and his wife Carmen of Rio Rancho, NM; son Howard and his wife April of Alice, TX; son David and his fiancee Bailey of Moriarty, NM; mother Glenda M. Garrison of Meridian ; sister Melanie and her husband William; brother David and his wife Gail; brother Paul; brother Bruce; he is also survived by ten grandchildern.

The funeral will be on Saturday February 11th at the church his grandfather built at 10 am.

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Services for Mr. George Monroe Germany were held, Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Bluff Springs Church of God with burial in the New Ireland Abney Cemetery. Rev. Paul Ninemire and Rev. Ken Lynch officiating.

 Mr. Germany, 90, of Union, died Friday, February 3, 2012 at Laird Hospital of Union.

 Mr. Germany was a lifelong, active member of Bluff Springs Church of God and a resident of the New Ireland Community.

He was a US Navy Veteran in World War II. He retired as a state employee of The L.C. Gas Division/ State Fire Marshal’s office.

Mr. Germany was also a poultry producer and farmer.

He was an original member of the Newton County “911” Commission. Mr. Germany was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. “Papaw Monroe” was loved and highly respected by his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Nelda Speelman and husband Dave of Anthony, New Mexico; three sons: Dale Germany and wife Joyln of Union, Edward Germany and wife Patsy of Union, and Fred Germany and wife Joyce of Union; 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Joyce Germany.

Pallbearers were Michael Germany, Joel Germany, Kevin Germany, Dwight Germany, Kevin Connell, Tyler Pompelia, Luke Speelman, and Nathan Speelman. Visitation was held 5-8 pm, Monday, February 6, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home of Union.

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Mrs. Helen Wheeler Clifford, age 91, a resident of Morton passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.

Visitation was Thursday, February 2, from 5-8 pm at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Morton and 1pm-2 Friday, February 3, at the funeral home. Her funeral service was held Friday at Ott & Lee Chapel in Morton with burial in Morton Memorial Gardens. Bro. David Pyles and Bro. Earl Clark officiated the service. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Morton.

Mrs. Clifford was born in 1921 in Newton County. She loved flowers of all kinds and potting plants was one of her hobbies. Being a proud American was important to Helen and she loved to display the flag and let people know how patriotic she was.

She loved her family very much and the memories will forever linger of the Sunday night gatherings that she loved so much. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jim Wheeler and Emma Parker Wheeler; husband, Charles G. Clifford II; daughter, Barbara Helen Ott; sister, Fairrah Byrd and brother, A.Q. Wheeler.

She is survived by her 2 sons, Charles G. “Ricky” Clifford III (Judy) of Kokomo, Bruce Clifford (Margaret) of Morton; 9 grandchildren, Craig Clifford, Christen Goldsby (Shane), Chad Clifford, Bridget Clifford, Haley Clifford, Angel Ott, Jay Ott (Alison), Steve Crotwell (Gaye) and Kevin Crotwell (Keri); 6 great grandchildren, Pate Goldsby, Hannah Ott, Luke Ott, Colby Crotwell, Kaley Crotwell and Cooper Crotwell and a host of friends.

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Services for Annie Johnson Ross (Lucille) were held Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Word of Faith Church with Pastor Floyd L. Graves, officiating.

Burial was held in Spring Hill Cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ross, formerly of Louin, died January 26, 2012 at St. Mary Hospital of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Visitation was held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to service at the church.

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Rachel Louise Gainey Coghlan, 84 of Decatur died Monday, February 6, 2012 at her residence.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Midway Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Smith, Bro. Gilbert Allan, & Bro. Scott Vaughn officiating. Internment will follow in church cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday at Newton County South Funeral Home and again Wednesday, from 2:30 -3 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church prior to service. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton is in charge of arrangements 601-683-2152.

Grandma Rachel, as she was known to family and friends, was an avid gardener who especially loved spring flowers and roses.

She was active in her community, serving as Sunday School secretary at Midway Baptist Church for many years and with the Midway Community Club in various offices over the years.

Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoyed her Sock-It-To-Me cakes, as well as her chicken and dressing.

Survivors include: a daughter: Suzanne Milling & husband Andy , Decatur; a son: James (Jimmy)Norman Coghlan, Decatur, a brother, H. C. Gainey & wife Louise, Martin, TN; 4 grandchildren: Robin Milling-Hubble & husband Adam Rebecca Stevens & husband Marty, Rachel Stewart & husband Robert, Grace Allen, four great grandchildren: Suzie & Drew Stevens, Vance Richardson, & Trey Nickey; and two sisters- in-law, Nora Gainey and Lucille Gainey

She was preceded in death by her husband: Norman P Coghlan; parents: James H & Lessie Thrash Gainey; 2 Brothers:Vernon Gainey & Ross Gainey; and 1 Sister: Jimmie Lee Anderson.

Pallbearers will be Larry Blackburn, Kent Carey, Kenny Harris, Jimmy McDowell , Robert Pierce, and Randy Walters.

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Funeral services for Grace White Averett were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Newton. Dr. Brian Rushing officiated. Burial was in the Newton Masonic Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements (601-683-2152.). Visitation was held on Wednesday beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the church.

Mrs. Averett, 93, a resident of Newton, died Friday, February 3, 2012 at The Specialty Hospital in Meridian. She was a native of Jefferson County, and grew up in Clinton and attended Mississippi College. She was a long time resident of Newton, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 65 years and was a member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class. She was a charter member of the Music Lovers Club, where she was instrumental in bringing the Community Concert Series to Newton. She was also a charter member of the Newton Culture Club.

Survivors include her husband: William "Bill" Averett of Newton; children: Donna Angel of Woodstock, GA; Rusty (Robin) White of Bluffton, S.C.; Benita Averett (Pat) Murphy, Patricia Averett, and JoEllen Averett, all of Mobile, AL; Randy (Linda) Averett of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren: Heather Angel (Erick) Dittus of Kennesaw, GA; Michael (Sharon) Angel of Woodstock, GA; Austin Averett, Sean Murphy, Adam (Lauren) Clay, Ashley (Kristian) Walvatne, Kipren Martin, Lorren Martin; great-grandchildren: Henry & Martin Dittus, Logan & Darby Murphy and Cadance Clay.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, L.G. White, Jr., and her parents: John & Irene Farr Middleton and her brothers: Charles, Joseph, and Vail Middleton.

Pallbearers were family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to The Gideons International, Inc. , P.O. Box 297, Newton, MS 39345. An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Mr. Jackie McDill were held Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Conehatta Cemetery. Rev. Tommy Anderson and Rev. Jimmy Jones officiated

Mr. McDill, 52, of Conehatta, died Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at his residence.

Survivors include his mother, Mildred McDill of Conehatta; two daughters: Sandi Easom and husband Judd of Louisville; Megan McDill of Conehatta and fiance’, Chris Cain; a son, Jordan McDill of Conehatta; mother of his children: Donna McDill of Louisville, and a granddaughter: Samantha Easom of Louisville. Mr. McDill was preceded in death by his father, “Snookum” McDill.

Pallbearers were Blake McDonald, Brad McDonald, Brandon Hillman, Danny McDonald, Jake Cain, Gary McDill, Austin Chaney, Ty Alderman, and DeWayne Ivey. Milling Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Funeral services for Pauline Gladys Sadler were held Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Newton Christian Church with Bro. Jim McQuarry and Bro. Herman Kelly officiating. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home, South Chapel, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Visitation was held on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the services at the church on Sunday.

Mrs. Sadler, 85 of, Lawrence, died Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton. She was a member of Newton Christian Church and enjoyed sewing and gardening.

Survivors include: daughters: Patricia Richardson of Decatur and Donna Massey of Harperville; sons: Larry (Cathy) Sadler of Middleton,TN; Jay (Jacqui) Sadler of Gautier; Bill (Val) Sadler of Vancleve; Robert (Julie) Sadler of Dixon; 24 grandchildren: Johnny Sadler, Cathy Oliver, Jennifer Robertson,Jason Sadler, Vicki Moore, Robby Richardson, Jaython Massey, Michael Massey, Terry Sadler, Jr., William Sadler, Kim Sadler, Larry Sadler, Jr., Pamela Baker, Laura Tholen, Larry Joe Sadler, Katie Smith, Dooley Smith, Heather Smith, Billy Joe Sadler, Jr., Casie Leigh Paige, and Shelly Deegen; 42 great-grandchildren; 4 great- great grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents, P. A. Goad & Bertha Goad; son, Terry Sadler; brothers, Jessie & Willie Goad; great- grandson, Tyler Jordan Richardson

Pallbearers were Don Wilhelm, Ken Morgan, Kevin Oliver, Greg Parker, Brian Tholen, and Johnnie Sadler. Honorary pallbearers were Red Smith, Curtis Blackburn, Buddy Weems, R.C. Phillips, Joe Beeland, and Terry C. Burton. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Mr. Jeffery S. “Scotty” Smith were held Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Greenland Cemetery. Rev. Bobby Ferguson and Rev. David Jay officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Smith, 51, of Union, died Monday, February 6, 2012 at his residence.

Survivors include three daughters: Emily Edwards and husband Bobby A. of Union, Anna Beckham and husband Justin of Philadelphia and Michelle Bondie; a stepdaughter: Chrystal McKinney, a son: Bruce Smith of Union, parents, Earl J and Eleana Smith of Union; two brothers, Ronnie Smith and wife Joan of Tickfaw, LA; James Earl and wife Rosemary of Union; 8 grandchildren: Bailey Smith, Blake Edwards, Marley Beckham, Madelyn Beckham, Gracie Case, Katie Bondie, Dalea McKinney, and Hunter Smith

He is survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Barry Smith, Chris Smith, Kyle Smith, Nick Smith, Jordan Smith and Jonathan Ferguson.

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Ms. Mildred Mardean Massengale Waugh, 76, of Cheseapeake ,Virginia, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2012.

Services were held at Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union. Rev. Ed Dickerson will officiate with burial in Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

For the last 15 years, Ms. Waugh lived in Virginia near her son, Terry Waugh. She was a devout Christian who loved her family very, very deeply.

Survivors include two sons: Tim Waugh and wife Arvella of Mt. Vernon, Illinois and Terry Waugh and wife Barbara of Fredericksburg, Virginia; four grandchildren: Philip Waugh and Scott Waugh, both of Illinois; Tara Sussman and Brianna Waugh both of Virginia; two great grandchildren: Ryden Waugh of Illinois; and Aidan Waugh of Virginia; two sisters: Zara Ricketts and husband Frank of Union; and Shirley Covington and husband Billy of Inverness, Florida; a brother: Wilbur Massengale of Union, and several nieces and nephews.

Ms. Waugh is preceded in death by her husband, Command Sergeant Major Alonzo J. Waugh; her parents, Alvis and Nellie Massengale; three brothers: Hubert Massengale, Cartis Massengale, and J. C. Massengale.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to great grandson, Ryden Waugh and Aidan Waugh (c/o Zara Ricketts P.O. Box 99 Union, MS 39365)

Pallbearers were Philip Waugh, Scott Waugh, Michael Power, Milton Vance, David Lee Vance, and Max Sessums.

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Funeral services for Annie Merle Everett were held at 2:00 P.M., on Monday, February 13, 2012 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Newton, with Rev. Gerald Chaney, Dr. James Spencer, and Rev. Ed Saunders officiating. Burial was in Poplar Springs Cemetery. Visitation was held from 1:00 P.M. until service time on Monday at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 3416 Airport Rd., Newton, MS 39345. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements (601-683-2152).

Mrs. Everett, 98 years, 8 months, and 21 days, of Newton, died Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. She was a native of Newton County, residing in the Poplar Springs Community.

She was a retired sales clerk, having worked at the Ben Franklin Store in Newton.

Favorite past times were sewing, crocheting, reading, and gardening. She was a lifelong member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church, where she was the current oldest member and attended services as long as her health permitted.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Burie Everett, her parents: B.M. and Lula Harrison Edwards, her brothers: Glover, B.M., Dan, Sam, and William Lee Edwards; and her sisters: Vashti and Inez Edwards

Survivors Include: one daughter: Ruth (L.C.) Chaney of Newton; four grandchildren: Gail (Greg) Waggaman of Harrah, OK; Rusty Hendrix of Addison, TX; Tracy (Jim) Griffin of Forney, TX and

Jeffrey (Tammy) Hendrix of Pearl, LA; five great-grandchildren: Jimmy Griffin of San Diego, CA;

Joshua Griffin of Forney, TX; Brianne Hendrix Rivers of Jacksonville, FL; Michael Waggaman of Oklahoma City, OK; Douglas Waggaman of Harrah, OK; three great-great grandchildren: Taylor and Charlie Waggaman of Harrah, OK; and Alex Waggaman of Oklahoma City, OK; four sister-in-laws: Jewel White of Smyrna, GA; Jennie Everett, Laverne Edwards, and Annie Sue Edwards, all of Newton; two special friends: Patricia Green of Odessa, TX and Sandy Dean of Newton; a number of nieces and nephews

Pallbearers were Jeffrey Hendrix, Bob Chaney, Jim Griffin, Josh Griffin, Paul Edwards, and Bill Rhodes. Honorary pallbearers were David Edwards, Earl Everett, and Doug Everett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice, or her favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Mr. Roy Gene Graham of Conehatta were held Sunday, February 12, 2012 at White Plains Holiness Assembly with burial in the Church Cemetery, with Bro. Ricky Boler and Sister Lorene Graham officiating.

Mr. Graham, 77, of Conehatta, died Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Hospice Advantage Bethany House in Carthage.

Visitation was held Saturday, February 11, 2012 at White Plains Assembly Church on Hwy 492 West. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

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James M. Holt, 85 of Decatur, died Sunday, February 12, 2012 at the Rush Specialty Hospital in Meridian.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Newton County South Chapel. Burial will be in the Lebanon Cemetery out from Decatur. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, MS is in charge of arrangements 601-683-2152.

He was born to Mavis and Charlie Holt in Newton County November 21, 1926. While living in Artesia, NM he was ordained as a deacon by Calvary Baptist Church. Upon returning to Mississippi he served as a deacon in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. He helped establish and build Grace United Baptist Church. He also helped found Church Arise where he remained a faithful member until death. He retired from the Inspection Service of the USDA. He and his wife have enjoyed many years of traveling and camping and was an active member of the Mocking Bird Good Sam Chapter.

He was preceded in death by: Parents: James Charlie and Mavis Thorne Holt, and a brother: Gerald Holt.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Rigdon Holt, Decatur, MS; a daughter: Donna Hutchins, Decatur; brothers: Lavell Holt, William Holt; sisters: Eloise Callahan, Dorothy Mosley, Nell McAnally, Ann Airhart, Joyce Johnson, Via Everett, Vie Holt; grandchildren: Renee Hutchins, Wade Hutchins, Denise Burks; Great-grandchildren: Caitriona, JaKolbie, Aurora, Fiona, Maria, Erica,Evelyn, Freedom.

Pallbearers were Eugene Chaney, Robert Moore, DeWayne Joyner, Woodie Abraham, Curtis Barnacastle, Sonny Miller, David Buntyn, Donald Overstreeet.  Honorary Pallbearers were All Mocking Bird Sams Members and the Hickory Coffee Club.

Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Roberta G. Evans Johnson were held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Grove Presbyterian Church in Newton with Rev. Robert White officiating. Dunlap and Thames Funeral Home in Newton were in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Roberta G. Evans Johnson, 62, passed away on Friday, January 20, at Regency Hospital in Meridian.

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Services for Joseph Poindexter, 79, of Newton were held on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12 noon at W.F. Mapp Chapel in Newton with burial in Midway M.B. Church Cemetery.

W.F. Mapp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Services for Ms. Alatha Whitman will be held 10 am, Friday, February 17, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. Rev. Tod Thompson will officiate. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Whitman, 72, of Union, died Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Robert H. Whitman of Union, a son, Allen Blackburn and Wife Anissa of Union, a step son, Daniel Whitman and wife Michelle of Durant, OK; two step daughter: Alicia Ammons and husband Dustin of Crestview, FL, Valerie Crouch and husband Tracy of Deridder, LA, a brother: Donald Cleveland of Union, 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren

Pallbearers will be Conrad Germany, Jerry Simmons, Jesse Brown, Skipper Harrison, Bruce Terrell, Don Terrell, and James Stamper. Visitation will be held 6-8 pm, Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the funeral home.

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Services for Mrs. Debra Knight Agent were held Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Little Rock. Burial was in the in the church cemetery. Rev. Rusty Walton, Rev. Gary Ledbetter, and Rev. Malcolm Lewis will officiate.

Mrs. Agent, 30, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, formerly of Union, Mississippi, died Friday, February 17, 2012 at her residence in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Mrs. Agent was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She was employed by the Hospice Care of the Carolinas as a social worker.

Survivors include her husband, Christopher Agent of Union, two daughters, Katie Agent and Avery Agent, a son, Noah Agent; parents, Mark and Linda Knight of Union; two sisters, Kim Landry and husband Phillip of Opelousas, LA and Amanda Knight of Union, two brothers, Clay Knight and wife Katherine of Opelousas, LA, and Marcus Knight and wife Jennifer of Union.

She is survived by a host of aunts and uncles.

Pallbearers were Arthur Eakes, George Carey, Dorsett Buckley, Justin Knight, Clint Dooley, Michal Rockholt, and Jonathan Jenkins. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Hospice Care of the Carolinas 1420 Ebenezer Rd, Suite 103 Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732.

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Mr. Willie “Buddy” Thrash, 81, of Union passed away Monday, February 20, 2012 at University Medical Center

Services were held Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Salem Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Reverends Brett Cooper and Linda Howell officiatd with burial in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Matlock of Union; and Bettie Wilson and husband Johnnie of Philadelphia; three brothers: Thomas Gene Thrash and wife Reatha of Philadelphia; Earl J. Thrash and wife Inez of Conehatta; and Rodney Thrash and wife Sherry of Sebastopol. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Thrash is preceded in death by his parents, Willie D. and Jewel Thrash; and one sister, Mary Wilson.

He was a beloved brother and special friend to everyone that knew him. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Pallbearers were Mack Matlock, Danny Thrash, Michael Wilson, Bobby Wayne Thrash, Sebastian Sanjur, and Charlie Gerald Wilson. Honorary pallbearer was John Thrash.

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Douglas Richard (Ricky) Henley, 53, of Richton, MS, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at his residence. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel in Newton, with Bro. Danny Lanier and Bro. Mark Ford officiating. Burial followed in the Chunky Cemetery.

His life motto and daily practice was “It's All An Attitude”. His world revolved around serving the Lord, teaching, and coaching baseball. He was a current member of Good Hope Baptist Church in Richton, MS and a former long time member of Chunky Baptist Church.

He is survived by his mother: Mary Fountain Henley of Newton, two brothers: M.L. Henley & wife Judy of Decatur and Kenneth Ray Henley & wife Kim of Hickory, nieces and nephews, Michelle Henley Brewer & husband Judd, Ashley Henley, Jennifer Henley Ferguson & husband Tony (Rock), Clay Green, Riley Green, Gillian Henley Hitt, Colby Brewer, Milly Elizabeth Brewer, Michael Parks & wife Ashley, Robin Warning Mosley, Steve Warning & wife Renea, Jimmy Warning & wife Missy & their sons Kenneth Ray & Jacob ; and several cousins, aunts, & uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father: Millard L (Buck) Henley, niece:Linda Faye Henley Hitt & nephew: Millard L (Bud)Henley III.

Pallbearers were his Hit Rite baseball students. In Lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Gideon Memorial Bibles and American Diabetes Association

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Joseph Raines Griffin, 74 of Newton, died Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, MS. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel with Bro Gary Felton officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery, Newton, MS. Visitation was held Saturday prior to service. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements 601-683-2152.

Mr. Griffin loved his animals, enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, and hunting. He loved his family and became quite the chef in his later years .

Survivors Include his son Eddie Griffin & wife Melissa, of Wiggins, MS; a daughter: Nancy McCormick & husband Mark of Lawrenceville, GA; Sister: Martha Robinson & husband Charles, Hickory, MS; grandchildren: Joseph Griffin II, Kylie Griffin, Clayton Altman, Jessica Flynt Kenmore, Michael McCormick, Morgan McCormick; Great Grandsons: Daniel McCormick & Joseph Griffin III.

He was preceded in death by: wife, Nancy Breckenridge Griffin; parents: Alf Griffin & Ruby Brooks Griffin; and a brother: Dewitt Griffin.

Pallbearers were Joseph Griffin II , Wayne Massey, Doug Massey, Charles Thompson, Mike Goss, and Alan Nicholas. Honorary pallbearer was Michael McCormick.

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Retired United States Air Force Colonel Henry (Hank) L. Ezelle, Jr., passed away at the age of 83 on Thursday, February 16, 2012, following a lengthy illness in San Antonio, Texas.

Hank was born January 6, 1929, in Newton, Mississippi to Henry Lloyd and Bessie Madlock Ezelle. After graduation from the University of Southern Mississippi, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended flight school at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. He then attended officer’s training school in Florida, where he met his wife, Mary Ann.

Following a fulfilling career of twenty-four years in the Air Force, he retired with the rank of Colonel at Randolph Air Force Base and soon joined the staff of the Judson Independent School District as a Biology teacher. He continued his career with the school district and retired as head of the Biology Department.

Following his retirement, he took great pride in tending to his yard, spending time with his family, and he had a passion for animals and took a personal interest in any stray that came across his path. Every weekend in the fall, he followed football whether it was his grandson’s games, college or professional games.

Hank is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Mary Ann Ezelle and son, Brian of Universal City, Texas; son, Brent and wife Tracey and grandson, Garrett Ezelle of Fort Worth, Texas; younger brother, Harold and wife, Thedra Ezelle of Philadelphia, Mississippi; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service honoring his life will be held at 1:00PM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.

If desired, the family requests that donations be made in Hank’s name to Alliance for Children, c/o Nancy Hagan, 908 Southland, Fort Worth, Texas 76104 or charity of your choice.

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Services for Billy Joe Munn were held Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Baptist Church in Neshoba County with Rev. Shayne Martin and Rev. Lawrence Pool officiating. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in the House Community of Neshoba County with McClain-Hays Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Munn, 64, of House, died Sunday, February 26, at Laird Hospital in Union.

He was a native of the House Community of Neshoba County. Mr. Munn was a member of Hester’s Chapel Methodist Church. He loved TV-westerns and sports; loved music and playing the guitar. He taught his family the meaning of unconditional love.

Survivors include his sister, Martha Murphy of House; brothers, Wilmer Munn of Little Rock and J.H. “Hop” Munn of House and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Munn; parents, Lawrence and Maggie Munn.

Pallbearers were Luke Viverette, Todd Viverette, Dean Reid, Ricky Smith, Robert Munn, Derwood Munn, Jimmy Joyner and Murphy Dean Reid.

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Funeral services for Allyson Nichole (Aly) Anderson were held Tuesday in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home with Rev. Rob Gill officiating. Burial will followed in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Aly, 17, of Lauderdale, died Thursday, February 23, 2012 in Lauderdale.

She was born in Meridian and lived all her life in this community. Her interest were in eating at the Mexican Restaurant, competing in beauty pageants, riding four wheelers, dirt track racing, softball, movies, dancing, bowling, spending time with family and friends especially her niece Jaylin Sollie and younger sister Mckenna. She was also a member of Poplar Springs Drive Methodist Church.

Her survivors include her mother Regina Anderson of Meridian, step father Lance Laird of Jackson, sisters Samantha (Steven) Sollie of Meridian, McKenna Laird of Jackson, Brittney Segovia of Lauderdale, brothers Chance Anderson of Meridian, Chris (DeAnn) Thomas of Meridian, Jon (Beth) Thomas of Sandersville, Maternal Grandfather Leon Anderson of Chunky, Grandparents James (Gerrie) Thomas of Meridian, aunt and uncle Becky (Wayne) Lockley of Hickory and cousins Marci Lockley and Maylee Lockley both of Hickory.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother April Anderson and great grandmother Ellie Mae Anderson.

Pallbearers are Brian Taylor, Nick Fuller, Steven Sollie, Jeremy Snider, Dustin Thompson and Adam Miller. Honorary pallbearers are Michael Rietzke, Tanner Moody and Justin Landrum.

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Funeral services for Nathan Sudduth were held on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Bro. Joe Garvin officiating. Burial was in Garlandville Cemetery. Visitation was held Thursday at the funeral home. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Sudduth, 92 of Newton, died Monday, February 13, 2012 at his home. He was a native of Scott County, moving here upon retirement from Camden, Arkansas in 1978. He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and singing. He was a member of Garlandville Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles C. and Sadie Harvey Sudduth, his sister: Mary Carter, and his brother: Richard Sudduth

Survivors include his wife of over 71 years: Willie Mae "Bill" Sudduth of Newton; daughter: Marlene (Jimmy) Coker of Newton; son: Phillip (Frances) Sudduth of Hattiesburg; grandchildren: Cathy (Michael) May, Victor (Tonia) Coker, Martile (Tim) Blackman, Amee Sudduth, and Phillip Sudduth, Jr. ; 10 great grandchildren; sister: Edith Rice of South Carolina

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles C. and Sadie Harvey Sudduth, his sister: Mary Carter, and his brother: Richard Sudduth

Pallbearers were Phillip Sudduth, Jr. , Victor Coker, Kevin Griffin, Mike Alexander, Ricky Salmon, and Greg Boggan. Honorary Pallbearers were Jerry Griffin and Emmett Bankston. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com.

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Services for Johnnie Pearl Roberts-Riley were held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Newton with Rev. Gary Moore officiating. Dunlap and Thames Funeral Home in Newton were in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Johnnie Pearl Roberts-Riley, 65, passed away on Saturday, February 11.

Obituaries March 2012

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John G. Weatherford, Sr., 86 of Newton, MS, died Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Lackey Memorial Hospital in Forest, MS.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Newton United Methodist Church in Newton with Rev. Ed Saunders and Dr. Scott Fortenberry officiating. Burial was in Newton Masonic Cemetery in Newton. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton was in charge of arrangements 601-683-2152.

Mr. Weatherford enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and watching sports. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater. In 1967 he founded a family petroleum distributorship company in Newton, MS. In 1978, John G. Weatherford, Inc. moved to Forest, MS. He enjoyed spending time with family and at church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Wall Weatherford, his parents, George Lamar and Maude Elizabeth Roberts Weatherford, and two sisters, Elizabeth Bonds and Nell Smith.

Survivors include John Weatherford, Jr and wife Dale, grandsons John G. Weatherford, III and Jason Weatherford.

Pallbearers were L.M. "Bubba" Bonds, David Kerr, Keith Wolfe, Ray Gibson, Van Lucas, Robert Logan, Ed Stanley and Ronnie Nicholson. Honorary Pallbearers included Bruce Dickerson, Jody Covington and Terry McDaniel.

Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com.

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Services for Mrs. Mary E. Lee were held Monday, March 5, 2012 graveside with Rev. Joseph Hallman officiating.

Interment was at Herbert Cemetery in the House Community with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lee passed away on Friday, March 2, 2012, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

he was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great – great grandmother.

She is survived by her two sons, Jesse Mason and his wife Michelle of Meridian, Jim Lee and his wife Lorna of Pikeville, TN; three Daughters, Sarah Turner and her husband Jim of Lillian, AL, Terri McCormick and her husband John of Rock Island, TN, and Linda Withers of Chunky; sister, Rochelle McCullough; brother, Joe Hoyt; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Eilleen Dobbins; her husband, Richard Lee; and by three children, Joe David Mason, Brenda Kay, and Linda Lee.

Family and friends may sign the online memorial or leave a personal note for the family at jamesfwebb.com http://jamesfwebb.com.

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Sylvia Ann Chaney Smith, 75, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Trinity Nursing and Rehab in Clinton.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Beulah Baptist Church in Little Rock, MS in Newton County with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was born July 31, 1936 in Little Rock, MS to James Arthur Chaney and Mary Lela Butts Chaney.

She has been a member of Crossgates Baptist Church since 1979 and she retired in 1993 as a nursing home administrator for over 20 years of service in Tylertown, Brandon and Jackson.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, O.D. Smith; sister, Nina Ingram and her parents.

Survivors include her 3 children, Glen Smith (Peggy) of Clinton, MS, Cheryl Johnson (Kelly) of Folsom, LA and Judy Aeschliman (Kevin) of Brandon, MS; 2 brothers, James Chaney of Little Rock, MS and Kenneth Chaney of Philadelphia, MS; grandchildren, Kyle Johnson, Jacob Ryan Johnson, Kayla Thompson, Ian Johnson, Tristan Johnson, William Thompson, Julianna Curtis, Gracie Curtis and River Curtis; one great grandson, Brayden Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Clinton, Hymnal Fund, 100 East College Street, Clinton, MS 39056 or Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216. Visit www.ottandleefuneralhome.com for online guest register book.

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The invincible spirit of Celia Buntin Emmerich defeated her earthly constraints Thursday morning at her home. She collapsed suddenly from a presumed heart attack shortly after getting out of bed. The previous day she had been smiling and in great spirits as friends and family stopped by to see her after she got out of the hospital. She spent time sitting on her porch and enjoying the first glimmers of spring.

Celia leaves behind a huge number of people whose lives she touched intimately and who will be grieving the loss of her youthful exuberance, which she kept until the end.

She leaves behind a son, John Wyatt Emmerich (Virginia Knight) of Jackson and a daughter, Melanie Ann Stringfellow (Steven) of Austin Texas. Tommy Hughes of Houston, Texas, was not a biological son, but in every other respect he was her beloved son. She leaves five grandchildren: Steven Jacob Stringfellow, Sarah Wyatt Stringfellow, John Oliver Emmerich III, Lawrence Tucker Emmerich and Ruth Olivia Emmerich.

She leaves behind her sister Mary Frances Martin of Gulfport and her children Ernest Martin of Jackson and Celia Barrett of Gulfport. She also leaves a dearly beloved sister-and-law Fae Hardy of San Antonio, Texas, and her many children and grandchildren who were like a second family to Celia. She also leaves behind the entire Brock clan of Greenwood all of which she claimed as family. Donnie and Patty Brock were as steadfast, kind, loyal and fun as any friends could be and she loved than dearly for four decades of her life.

Celia was married to the late John Oliver Emmerich Jr. of McComb, Mississippi, for 44 years until his untimely death in 1995. She missed him every day. They traveled the world, hosted fabulous parties and enjoyed life fully. If anyone was full of the Holy Spirit, it was Celia, who never met a stranger and threw her energies into numerous personal and civic causes. Our loss is Jesus’ gain.

Celia Emmerich founded Communities in Schools of Greenwood, a dropout prevention program that has saved hundreds of young lives and is still thriving. For her efforts, she was named Leflore County Citizen of the Year. She was an American history teacher for many years and received a masters degree in American history from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Throughout her marriage, she was a partner to her husband John in his newspaper business, selling ads and writing wonderful human interest columns.

Celia Emmerich was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, May 18, 1931. She was a graduate of Gulfport High School where she was active in theatre and numerous other activities. She grew up sailing and loved to tell about her sails to Ship Island. She kept sailing all her life.

At Ole Miss she was a cheerleader and was “a force of nature” as a classmate recently described her. The list of men who had a college crush on Celia is long, but she picked John, whom she married in February 16, 1951 shortly before he was shipped off to fight in Korea. She taught school in Gulfport waiting his return. They then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where John got a newspaper job and where their daughter Melanie was born. They returned to McComb, Mississippi, to work on the family’s McComb Enterprise-Journal, where John and Celia were instrumental in overcoming the racial violence of the early sixties. Celia was a true partner to John in every respect and they enjoyed long intellectual discussions on every subject under the sun.

John, Celia and their young family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1963 where John was selected a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, the most prestigious journalism fellowship in the country. From there, they moved to ?Baltimore, Maryland, for two years and Houston, Texas, for eight years as John pursued a career as a big-city editor. In 1973, they bought the Commonwealth newspaper in Greenwood, Mississippi, where they lived until John’s death in 1995.

They built a beautiful home on the edge of Valley Hill overlooking the Delta. Many, many people can recall great parties at their home, particularly the tennis-and-pool parties and their annual Christmas party.

After John’s death, Celia moved to San Antonio, Texas, for five years to be near her daughter Melanie and her beloved sister-in-law Fae Hardy. She moved to 108 Ashcot Circle in Jackson in 2007 to be near her son Wyatt’s young children. She joined many social clubs, had hundreds of friends and threw the best Halloween Party in Jackson.

Celia was an amazing person who did amazing things, such as trek the Himalayans alone in her late 50s.

She sailed the Maldives Island in her 60s. She loved France and spent many summer months in Paris and Provence. She spoke fluent French and Spanish. She was a great cook, a great writer and loved people. She was extremely active in the Greenwood Little Theatre and directed numerous play. Her “Man of La Mancha” and “Oliver” productions are still referred to with awe.

She would help anybody in time of need. For years, she volunteered her time at the Leflore County Mental Health Center. She loved tennis and had a great drop shot that drove the young ladies mad.

She was an accomplished equestrian and during their days in Houston, Texas, took the family on week-long trail rides leading up to the Houston Livestock Parade. She carted daughter Melanie to numerous horse shows where Melanie won award after award. She was a great mother to her children. As a grandmother, she had a special relationship with her grandson John. That tender, loving relationship allowed John to really blossom as an adolescent.

A lifelong liberal, the true embodiment of a bleeding heart, Celia and her conservative son set the all-time record for late-night political debates, some of which became spirited. The defining theme of her political philosophy was concern for those less fortunate than herself.

No one could ask for a better wife, mother or friend. Everyone who knew Celia is grieving at their loss. She will be missed.

Visitation was at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Jackson Monday March 5, 2012 at 2:00pm followed by the funeral service at 4:00pm. Burial was Tuesday at Hollywood Cemetery in McComb, MS. For online condolences and a video of Celia’s life please go to www.wrightferguson.com. If anyone is moved to make a memorial in her honor, please contact Linda Whittington, director of Communities in Schools, at 662-455-2864, 212 W. Washington St. Greenwood MS 38930.

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Services for Calvin Darnell Johnson were held Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Stephen Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Ferguson officiating. Burial followed in the Greenland Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Johnson, age 85, of Union, went to his eternal home on Sunday, March 4th, at Hilltop Manor Nursing Home in Union.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Betty Nichols Johnson of Union, 1 brother, Walter Johnson of Greenwood, MS, 2 sisters, Mary Rogers of Greenwood, MS and Arville Smith of Union; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved him very much.

Mr. Johnson was a member of Zion Church of God in Sebastopol for around 30 years. He lifelong occupation was carpentry, which he taught to many of his nephews.

Pallbearers were Donny Gregg, Ronny Gregg, Jerry McPhearson, Dalmer Johnson, Calvin Johnson, and Thomas Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Johnson and great nephews.

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Funeral services for Eunice L. Peoples were held at on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home – South Chapel with Bro. Randy Cuchens officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Cemetery. Visitation was held Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the funeral home. Newton County Funeral Home - South , 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Peoples, 88 of Lawrence, died Monday, March 5, 2012 at her home.

She was a native of Lawrence, moving back here in 1974, after working in the nursing profession all over the United States and Germany. When she relocated here, she was the nursing coordinator for the Newton County Health Department for 25 years, and retired after a combined total of 55 years of dedicated service.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Newton, where she was a member of the Dorcas-Faith Sunday School Class. She enjoyed chrocheting and reading. She especially enjoyed taking care of her family and spending time with them.

Survivors include: one daughter,Frances Peoples Graham of Lawrence; two sons: James M. Peoples of Lawrence and John M. Peoples, III of Petal; grandchildren: Layla N. Peoples, Katie A. Peoples, Amanda M. Garcia, Jessica M. Bryars, Jessie J. Morgan, and Hannah A. Peoples; great-grandchildren: Madisyn B. Morgan, Hayden C. Bryars, Kaylee B. Massey, Gabrielle Bryars, and Jasper Peoples; one sister: Bonnie (Eugene) Pace of Florence, S.C. ; two sister-in-laws: Virginia Hand of Lawrence and Ona Hand of Newton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband: John M. Peoples; her parents: Robert and Eunice Parker Hand; her brothers: Robert Lewis, William, Sammie, and John Luther; and her sisters: Jessie, Doris, Frances, and Becky.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Covenant House, 611 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, or to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 87, Newton, MS 39345.

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Rujay Norman was born in Newton on February 22, 1944. He departed this life on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at his home in Bailey.

He was the first of four children born to John and Annie Norman. His parents and one brother, Ronnie Norman preceded him in death. Rujay accepted Christ at an early age and joined Corinth Baptist Church.

He was a 1962 graduate of Pilate High School in Newton. Although he was disabled for most of his life, he never forgot God, Christ, and the family he loved so dearly.

Rujay leaves to mourn his passing two brothers, Albert Norman and Roy (Martha) Norman; Two nephews, Albert (Kim) Norman, Jr. and Reginald Norman; one niece, Mahalia Herron; aunts, Francis Bailiff, Angela Wash and Mary Helen Chapman; and a great-niece, and a host of nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Funeral services for Emma Lee Chapman were held Sunday, March 11, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Newton with Dr. Frank Harmon officiating. Burial was in Hickory Cemetery with Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Chapman, 95, of Newton, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at her residence. She was a native of Newton County. She graduated from Newton High School in 1935.

After finishing high school, she married Earl Chapman and became the typical farm wife. Later, she was employed at the Newton Company as the Personnel Manager for approximately 32 years. From her garden, she canned and froze produce which often took blue ribbons in competition. She was an excellent seamstress, making clothes for family and friends. When she modeled her clothes in competitions, she received top awards at the state level. She also produced beautiful needlepoint tapestries for her granddaughters.

She was a member of the Home Demonstration Club, the Homemakers Club, and a 4 H Club Leader. She was faithful member of Newton First Baptist, where she was a member of the Dorcas Faith Sunday School Class, and the Triple L Club.

She enjoyed traveling with various groups all over the United States, and abroad. She especially enjoyed reading and had a "green thumb" when tending to her flowers, plants, and yards. She was known for her compassion for others and her zest for life.

Survivors include: one daughter: Glenda Chapman (George) Moore of Marble Falls, TX; two daughters-in-law: Micky Rowley Chapman of Hattiesburg and Patricia Chapman May of The Villages, FL; grandchildren: Erin (Connor) Charles of Flower Mound, TX; Megan (Dr. Jim) Marlowe of Hattiesburg; Gretchen (Lt. Col. Stewart) Stephenson of Elizabethtown, KY; Brian Files of Houston, TX; Erica (Burt) Adams of Jackson Springs, NC; Christopher (Tina) Chapman of Birmingham, AL; Chad (Crystal) Chapman of Union; Justin (Cheryl) Chapman of Newton and great-grandchildren: Zoe, Olivia, & Ella Charles; Charlie & Sam Marlowe; Drew, Chloe, & Kady Chapman; Jamie, Wesley, & Ashlynn Chapman; two sisters-in-law: Angie Henn of Montrose, CO and Edith Sessums of Byram; special care givers: Shery York, Kathy Loftin, and Renay Oliver.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Earl E. Chapman, Sr.; two sons: Lt. Col. Earl E. Chapman, Jr. and Robert Wayne Chapman; and her parents: Roy and Sarah Cleveland Thornton; and her beloved cat, Missy.

Pallbearers were Chris Chapman, Chad Chapman, Justin Chapman, Burt Adams, Dr. Jim Marlowe, Lt. Colonel Stewart Stephenson, and Connor Charles. Honorary pallbearers were George Moore, Andy Armstrong, Mike Strebeck, Will McMillan, Mark Killens, Marion Felton, and Martin Carroll. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gideons International Inc., P.O. Box 297, Newton, MS 39345, or the Alzheimers Association, Mississippi Chapter, 196 Charmant Drive, Ste 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157

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Services for Mr. Billy C. Patterson were held Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Center Ridge Baptist Church with burial in the Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. James McMillan and Rev. Chris Wells officiated.

Mr. Patterson, 76, of Little Rock, died Friday, March 9, 2012 at his residence.

He was a member of Center Ridge Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Autrice Smith Patterson of Little Rock, three daughters: Cathy Picone and husband Glenn of Ponchatoula, LA, Billy Gene Bates and husband Bill of Marrero, LA, Vickie Sisson and husband George of Quitman, a son, Randy Patterson of Largo, Florida; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and a special friend, Edmond Boswell.

Mr. Patterson was preceded in death by his parents, Buford and Selma Patterson, and one son, Robbie Patterson.

Pallbearers were Larry Parks, Matt Parks, Junior Kilpatrick, Jerry Graham, Michael Alexander, and Toby Warren Honorary pallbearers were Cleveland Smith, Pat Wells, Cody Warren, George Sisson, Billy Bates, Glenn Picone, all grand children and all great grandchildren.

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Inez Hollingsworth, 90, of Newton, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at Anderson Hospital in Meridian. Funeral services were held Friday, March 9, at Newton County Funeral Home - South in Newton, with Elder Hilton Moore officiating. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery.

She loved her family and enjoyed gardening and quilting.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was preceded in death by her husband Chester Hollingsworth, her parents, Willie and Bessie Mayes, brothers: Sam Mayes and Paul Mayes, sisters: Agnes Hollingsworth and Kathleen Rowzee, and a son, Hubert Hollingsworth

Survivors include her brothers, James Mayes and Bill Mayes; her sisters, Gladys Sorey and Gena Uzzle; daughters: Sally Green (Billy), Decatur, Ina Mazingo, Union, Jackie Everett (Wadell), Hickory sons Robert Hollingsworth (Janice), Ackerman, Jerry Hollingsworth, Tishomingo, Melvin Hollingsworth (Diane), Decatur, Mack Hollingsworth, Decatur, and a daughter-in-law: Marie Hollingsworth, Decatur, and fifteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Hollingsworth, Bradley Hollingsworth, Michael Mazingo, Aaron Kelly, Lee Hollingsworth, Lance Hollingsworth. Honorary pallbearers were Bud Hollingsworth, Dale Hollingsworth, Randy Hollingsworth.

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Charles Edwards Davis, 78 of Hickory, died Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Anderson Regional Medical Center - South Campus in Meridian.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Hickory Cemetery in Hickory with Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, in charge of arrangements.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a former member of The American Legion.

Survivors include: his brother, Mack H. Walker Jr & wife Jane, Texarkana, TX; a sister, Shirley W Taylor, Hickory; brothers, George Walker & wife Lynn, Lawrence, Ron Davis & wife Delora, of Newton,, and Larry Davis & wife Sonda of Newton, and numerous nieces & nephews & grand Nieces & nephews

He was preceded in death by his mother Geneva E. Walker and father Mack H. Walker, and a brother in law, David Taylor.

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Services for Mrs. Maudie Lou Thames Holliday were held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from the Chapel of Beck Funeral Home. Burial was followed in the Spring Hill Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Holliday, 48, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012 at Rush Hospital in Meridian.

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Services for Owen Mahon, Jr., was held Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Union Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Cerry Johnson, officiating.

Burial was in the Lawrence Community Cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Mahon, Jr.,40, formerly of Lawrence, died February 7, 2012, in Norcross, GA.

Visitation was held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home.

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Graveside Services for Beatrice Walker was held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Anthony Robinson, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Walker,78, of Newton, died Friday, March 2, 2012 at Pioneer Community Hospital. Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church.

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Services for Mr. Ervie Gene Wansley were held on Friday, March 16, 2012, at the Decatur M.B. Church, Decatur.

Burial was followed in the Newton County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wansley, 80, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2012 at Newton County Hospital.

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Services for Paul Alumis Leach were held Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Stephen Funeral Home Chapel, with Revs. Jamie Leach and Howell Thrash officiating. Burial followed in the Union City Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Leach, age 87, of Union, went to His eternal home on Tuesday, March 20th, at his residence in Union.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Rachel Brunson Leach of Union, one daughter, Paula Boone of Union, one grandson, Travis Boone of Union, one granddaughter, Dana Boone Pullin, and her husband, David of Union, four great grandchildren, Rylee Pullin, Hannah Pullins, McKenzie Boone and Conner Boone, one brother, Harlos Leach of Mobile, AL, one sister, Birdeen Donald of Dallas, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Leach served his country in the U S Navy.

Pallbearers were Jack Hamil, Robbie Pearson, Chris Staton, Mike Staton, Bennie Ware, and Mike White. Honorary bearers were the men of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

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Mr. Alton H. Cole, 86, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012 at his residence. He was born and reared in Neshoba County where he made his home most of his life.

He had lived in the Greenland community of Newton County for the past eight years. Mr. Cole was a farmer and worked for Midland Shirt Company as supervisor.

He was a member of Pine Grove Church of God in the Dixon Community.

Funeral services for Mr. Cole were held Friday, march 23, 2012 at Pine Grove church of God in the Dixon Community; with interment in the Pine Grove Church of God cemetery.

Officiating were Rev. Mark Smith and Rev. Anthony Cole.

Mr. Cole was preceded in death by his daughter, Rita Anthony on May 19, 1994; wife, Emma Jean Cole on January 18, 2012; and daughter-in-law, Marguerite Cole on January 23, 2007.

Mr. Cole is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte Pierce & her husband, Allen of House, Margaret Germany & her husband, Rex of Union & Pat Johnson & her husband, Jacky of Chunky, son, Harold Norman Cole of Phildelphia, son-in-law, Tyrone Anthony of Union; sisters, Waudine Williamson of Conehatta; Pauline Dearman of Quitman, Myrtis Yates of Philadelphia, a brother, Lamar Cole of Grand Bay, Al; eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

Pallbearers were Tyler Germany, Brad Anthony, Larry Cole, Brandon Bennett, Eddie Bowls, Brian Pierce, Ronnie Cole and Mike Cole.

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Services for Julia M. Croft were held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest United Methodist Church with Rev. Theodore Cole, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Croft, 70, of Louin, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at her residence. Visitation was held Monday, March 12, 2012 at the church.

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Services for Robert E. Hodges was held on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. George Hodges, officiating. Burial was held in the Mississippi Veteran Cemetery in Hickory, with Clark Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hodges, 60, of Newton, died Friday, March 9, 2012, at his residence. Visitation was held Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the church.

 

Obituaries April 2012

Annie Mason Norman page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mrs. Annie L. Mason Norman were held on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 11 A.M., at Spring Hill M.B. Church in Union, MS, with Rev. Stanley Amos officiating. Burial was followed in the church cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Norman, 78, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at her home in Union.

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Services for Mr. Ramson "Randy" Russell were held on Saturday, March 24, 2012, 11 A.M. , at Sunny Hill M.B. Church in Decatur , MS, with Rev. John T. Evans officiating. Burial was followed in the church cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Russell, 55, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

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Services for Mary Lucille Watson, were held Friday, March 30, at Enon Baptist Church, with Revs. Clyde Butts and Kelly Tingle officiating. Burial will follow in the Golden Grove Community Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Miss Watson, age 87, of Union, went to her eternal home on Sunday, March 25th, at Hilltop Manor Nursing Home in Union.

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Services for Ms. Eloise Bishop were held Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Lin Chesney, Rev. Rusty Walton, and Rev. Malcolm Lewis will officiate.

Ms. Bishop, 84, of Meridian, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Queen City Nursing Home of Meridian.

Survivors include: three daughters: Linda Smith of Boston, MA, Vicki Ward and husband C.K. of Little Rock, MS and Sandi Aycock of Pocono Pines, PA; three sons: Michael Bishop and wife Mary Lou of Little Rock, Ms., David Bishop and wife Janice of Collinsville, and Mark Bishop and wife Annette of Collinsville; twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; two sisters: Barbara “Tootsie” Goforth Boyd of Little Rock, MS and Lanice “Baby” Goforth Harris of Collinsville, Ms.

She was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Bishop, two brothers, Ivan Goforth and Belon Goforth, her parents, Earnest and Flora Goforth

Pallbearers were Mark Bishop, Neil Bishop, Kevin Bishop, Richard Goforth, Ken Ward, and Michael Welch.

Visitation was held Friday, March 30, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home of Union with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

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Lester E. Baucum, 77, loving husband, father and grandfather of Wiggins, MS, died March 28, 2012. He was born on February 5, 1935, in Newton, MS. He was preceded in death by his parents, Velma and Calvin Baucum, one sister Olivia Parks, and three brothers, Hilton Baucum, Billy Wayne Baucum and Bobby Ray Baucum.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eugenia Carleton Baucum. Mr. Baucum was a graduate of Newton H. S., East Central Junior College, Louisiana College (BS), Mississippi College (M. Ed.) and University Southern MS (Specialist).

He served 33 years in MS schools as a teacher, coach and administrator, spending the last 20 in Stone Co. He loved his students and always strived to build their character and keep them on the right path.

He was a member of multiple Educational Associations and served as officer in several capacities.

He was a member of the Red Red Rose Education Honorary Fraternity. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wiggins, MS. He was a long time Rotarian, serving as president two times, was a Paul Harris Fellow and selected as Rotarian of the year in 2002-2003. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at East Central Community College and Louisiana College. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, hunting, golfing, gardening and traveling with his wife.

Les was the father of three children: Paige Baucum, of Wiggins, Leslie E. Baucum of Clewiston, Fl and Lance and daughter-in-law Tasha Baucum of Wiggins; Six grandchildren: Taylor Booker, Hannah Booker, Carey Baucum, Blake Baucum and Riley Baucum all of Wiggins and Carleton Baucum of Clewiston, FL, and three great grandchildren.

He is also survived by two brothers: Johnny Baucum (Eleanor) and James Baucum (Lela), both of Newton, MS.

A Celebration of his life Service was held at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center in Wiggins, MS, on March 31, 2012 at 3:00 PM at the Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 278, Wiggins, MS 39577 or the Charity of your choice. Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign and view the guest book at www.moorefuneralservices.com.

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Alma Pilgrim Pickett, age 88, died April 2, 2012 at Bedford Care Center in Petal following a brief illness.

Visitation was held April 4, 2012 at Moore Funeral Home followed by graveside services at 3 p.m. at Masonic Cemetery in Newton. Dr. Eddie Rester officiated in Hattiesburg and Dr. John Cash officiated in Newton.

Mrs. Pickett was a resident of Hattiesburg and former resident of Newton, where she was a member of the Newton Christian Church. She retired many years ago and was a homemaker. She delighted in her family and her friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Tildon Pickett; her son, George Larry Pickett; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pilgrim.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha P. Woodall (Don) of Hattiesburg; a sister, Mrs. Herbert Kelly of Newton (Jean); three granddaughters, Kimberly Woodall Morrison (Bill) of Howell, Mich., Erica Woodall Doyle (Neil) of Hendersonville, N.C. and Amanda Grace Woodall of Hattiesburg; three great-grandchildren, William Woodall Morrison, Leila Claire Doyle and Jordan Sophia Doyle.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Navajo Ministry at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church (2420 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, Mississippi) or to the DuBard School for Children with Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi (118 College Drive #10035, Hattiesburg Mississippi).

Belton “Red” Russell page-up-icon 24x24
Visitation and services for Belton “Red” Russell were held Friday, April 6,

2012, at Parker - Kohl Funeral Home in Fairbault, Minn. Also, there was another service held Saturday, April 7, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Fairbault, Minn.

Burial was Monday April 9, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery with Military honors in Minneapolis, Minn.

‘”Red” was born in Stratton, in Newton County, Mississippi, on May 9, 1920 and passed away April 4, in Fairbault Minn.

He was retired from 22 years in the military.

He is survived by Norma of Fairbault, Minn., Pat and Bruce Hutchison of Pine Island Island, Minn., Cis Christinson and family of Minn, Roxann Hollinger and family of Minn., brother; Mack Russell and wife Marie of Union, sisters; Ann Dykes of Manderville La., Nora Francis Saum of Hanover, Pa.,sister-in-law; Imogene Russell of Decatur, and many nieces and nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father; William Wilson Russell and mother; Minnie Buntyn Russell, brother; Joe Russell and Jack Russell and Jon Hollinger, husband of Roxann Hollinger.

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Funeral Services for Mr. Paul Michael Hirsch were held at Greater Works Outreach Ministries in Forest, Mississippi with Pastor Rosa Batiste officiating. Dunlap and Thames Funeral Home in Newton was in charge of arrangements.

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Services for Davion Dewayne Thomas were held at Pearl River Baptist Church on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at New Canaan Cemetery in Choctaw with Rev. Leonard Ben. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Thomas, 28, passed away on April 3, 2012 in Conehatta. He was a Councilman for the Pearl River Community.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Davis Dale Thomas and Lucille Ann John, and sister, Kandice Thomas.

Survivors include two daughters, Felisia Thomas and Ariyana Thomas, a son, Alorie Thomas, a sister, Kimberly Thomas, and a brother, Gregory Thomas.

Pallbearers were Gerrick Thomas, Johnathan Willis, Bruce Jefferson, Mark Anderson, Ryan Shoemake, Harry John, Grant Ben, Richard Ben and Jaylon Thomas.

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Services for Ms. Stella Meador were held Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with Rev. Mark Vincent officiated. Burial was in Pinckney Cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Stella Meador, 80, of Decatur, died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton.

Survivors include a son, Davey L. Meador and wife Anita of Decatur; two granddaughters, Mandi Hollingsworth and husband Clay of Decatur; Carrie Luke and husband Jeremy of Chunky; a great grandson, Cole Hollingsworth, and a great granddaughter, Maggie Luke.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and sister in laws and brother in laws.

Ms. Meador was preceded in death by her husband, David “Sonny” Meador

She will be remembered as a beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Pallbearers were Homer Burton, Berwyn Rigdon, John Meador, Marty Hollingsworth, Olin Thomas, and Jerry Meador.

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What a glorious home going on April 6th, 2012 for Nancy Lay Alley, 63 of Brandon.

Meeting her Jesus on Good Friday and celebrating Easter with her Master.

Nancy was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, and a dearly beloved friend to many. Memories of her are bountiful and just the mention of her name brings laughter and heart- warming stories. Nancy was born on March 5, 1949 and raised in Newton, Mississippi. The oldest daughter of Bob and Cherry Lay who preceded her in death.

Nancy married the love of her life, soul-mate, and best friend Thurman E. Alley on February 16th, 1985. They have resided in Brandon for the past 25 years. Nancy had a love for her church, family, community, and friends.

Nancy graduated from Newton High School and received her Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

She became the first female Manager of a Firestone retail store in the U.S. in 1975. Prior to going to work for the State Department of Education she taught elementary school in Jackson. Nancy was also employed by Allstate Insurance Company for several years before going to Washington DC to work for Congressman G.V. ”Sonny” Montgomery. She retired from the MS. Community College Board in 2003 where she served as Director of Work Force Development.

Nancy loved life and lived it to the fullest. She had a love for Photography. It was evident by her numerous photo albums of their many trips and adventures. She and Thurman enjoyed taking drives on Sunday afternoons so she could photograph old barns, fields of flowers and birds. She and Thurman enjoyed crewing with several Hot Air balloon enthusiasts over the United States including the State of Mississippi Hot Air Balloon.

Nancy had such a gift of communication and it showed in her love for others, never meeting a stranger. She was always willing to help anyone and everyone. Nancy has been a member of Pinelake Church for 25 years where she served on several committees, taught bible studies and had a love for her Sunday school class.

Survived by: Husband, Thurman E. Alley; Step- Father, Larry Pearson; Sister, Kathy Stephens (Dennis); Daughters, Alisa Smith (Ernie), Robin Rogers, and Missy May; Nephew, Colby Jolley (Erica); and grandchildren, James Morrison (Lindsey), Brittney Strong (Derek), Carson Smith, Amanda Cormier (Coleman), Michael McWilliams (Brittany), Jordan Rogers, Robi Miles, Buddy Hernandez, and Skyla May; and 6 great grandchildren.

Visitation was held at Baldwin-Lee Funeral home in Pearl, on April with Celebration of Life Service at Pinelake Church Tuesday, April 10.  Interment followed with Graveside Service in Newton, Mississippi. Pallbearers were Joe Ed Horseman, Bob Newell, Perry Sanderford, David Feldman, Craig Jackson, Jim Southward, and Dr. Donnie Wilson. Flowers welcome and memorials can be made to Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, Mississippi.

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Funeral Services for Mr. Larry “Peanut” McCullough II were held at John E. Stephens Chapel April 7, 2012 with Rev. Lawrence Runnels & Dr. Eugene Dobbs officiating. Burial was at Hester Cemetery with John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McCullough II, 34, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at University Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

He was a resident of the House Community and was a 1996 graduate of Neshoba Central High School. Mr. McCullough’s special interest was in music. He had worked as an assistant band director at Choctaw Central High School. He was a member of the Drum Corp and Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

 Mr. McCullough was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, G.W. & Jimmie Roberson.

Mr. McCullough is survived by his parents, Larry & Elaine McCullough of Phila, MS; brothers, Jeremy McCullough & his wife, Anna & Zackary McCullough all of Phila, MS; maternal grandparents, Jack & Jean Talbert of House, MS & nephew, John Austin Cumberland.

Pallbearers were Daniel Cole, Shelby Talbert, Adam Talbert, Kenneth Talbert, Elter Wilson & Elijah Ben.

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Services for SSG Michael Robert Wall were held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home chapel of Union. Burial was held Tuesday in the State Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Newton, with Rev. Steve Robinson officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

SSG Wall, 27, of Bell, Texas, died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Killeen, Texas.

Survivors include his mothers, Jeanette Wall of Little Rock, and Kathy Dorsett and husband Will of Shiloh, N.C.; sisters, Jackie Dorsett and Patrice of Bealton, Va., Lynn Townsend and husband Scotty of Union, Joan Grimes and husband Tony of Lake; sister-in-law, Sandra Wall; and special friends, Chris Boutwell and Stephanie Doss; and a special uncle and aunt, Ben and Billie Harmon.

He is survived by nieces Kyra Dorsett, Tegan Thaggard, Taylor Townsend, Chelsea Townsend, Anna Ward, Hailey Townsend, and Addison Townsend.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Stanley Wall; grandmother, Ethal Mayes; brother, Robert Wall; and nephew, Nicholas Townsend.

Wall was buried with full military honors. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Townsend, Phillip Townsend, Blake Chisolm, Jo-Jo Grimes, Hunter Thaggard, Collin Thaggard, Tyler Townsend, Zak Townsend, P.J. Lightfoot, Scotty Liverman, Ricky Liverman, Thomas Wall, and Allen Wall.

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Services for Mr. Lonnie Ray Mason Gibson were held on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Sunny Hill M.B. Church in Decatur, with Elder Willie J. Hoye officiating. Burial was followed in the church cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Gibson, 34, died Friday, March 30, 2012 at his home in Newton County.

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Services for Davis French were held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Stephen Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial followed in the Lucern Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. French, 64, of Brandon, formerly of Union, died Sunday, April 15, at River Oaks Hospital Flowood.

Survivors include a son, Kevin French and wife, Christy; a daughter, Kristi French; three grandchildren, Hayden, Carson, and Lanie French; and one sister, Paula French, all of Brandon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Haskle and Minnie Wilkes French; his faithful and loving wife, Lou Ellen Leach French; and a sister, Ann Killen.

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Funeral services for Mr. John Lane Livingston were held at John E. Stephens Chapel on Monday, April 16, 2012, with Rev. Howell Thrash and Bro. Bill Prestage officiating.

Burial was in Mt. Zion Church of God Cemetery in Sebastopol, with John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Livingston, 69, passed away on April 14, 2012, at his residence in Sebastopol, where he lived most of his life.

He was a member of Mt. Zion Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mason Lane Livingston and Jetty Rue Winfield Livingston.

He is survived by his sisters, Adell Pope of Sebastopol, Deborah M. Foncree of Forest and Pauline Prestage of Morton; brothers, Charles M. Livingston, Daniel Livingston and Kirby Livingston, all of Sebastopol, and George Livingston of Philadelphia; and a number of nieces and nephews and a great-niece.

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Services for Mrs. Rachel Tatum Altenhofel were held Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Evans Tabernacle with Reverends Otha Dennis and David Westmoreland officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Altenhofel, 77, of Conehatta, passed away Monday, April 16, 2012 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband, Albert Altenhofel of Conehatta, a son, Tommy V. Yates and wife Cheryl of Columbus, Miss., three daughters, Nancy Elliott and husband Jeffrey of Belton, MO, Janice Williams and husband Larry of Caledonia, Miss, Renee Veazey and husband Charlie of Columbus, Miss., eleven grandchildren: Chasity Reeves, Van Yates, Ginger Foust, Anthony Elliot, Sgt. Chad Elliott, Leann Williams, Levi Williams, Leslee Williams, Tatum Veazey, Sara Veazey, and Alaina Veazey, eighteen great-grandchildren; four brothers: Ellis Tatum, Jr.; Oscar Tatum; Marshal Tatum; and Ronnie Tatum, and a sister, Diane Arthur
Mrs. Altenhofel was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Tatum.

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Marijo James Denson, 82 of Decatur died Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Infinity Hospice in Marion.

Funeral services were April 21, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel in Newton with Father Terrell Griffis officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery in Union, Miss.

Mrs. Denson served On The Board of Miss. Regional Housing Authority Region 5, Board of Directors of Miss. Prison Industries.

She was previously a Member of National Association of Theater Owners, National Association Concessionaires, Will Rogers Foundation, a lifetime member of ECCC Alumni Association, University Of Mississippi Alumni Association, Member of D.A.R., American Legion Auxillary, a longtime active member of the Republican Party, and an avid golfer.
Survivors Include her daughter, Allyson Denson and Richard Cordes of Greenville, Miss.; a son, Mikel Denson & wife Deanna of Collinsville, Miss., three grandchildren: Shade Denson, Samantha Claire Denson, and Chance Denson, all of Collinsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burl H. Denson; her parents, Dwight L. James Sr. and Cecil Hayes James; and two brothers, brothers: D. L. James, Jr. & Marvel James.
Pallbearers were David Marshall, Richard Cordes, Sam Burks, Zane Riddle, Mike Reynolds, and Donald Smith. Honorary Pallbearers were Mark Gaines, John Miller, & Jerry Nicholson.  Family and friends may sign an online guest book at
www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Mr. Melburn Ross “Pete” Russell, 86, of Decatur, were held, Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union.

Burial was in the Newton County Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Rev. Ricky Rainer and Rev. Richard Scott officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

Melburn Ross “Pete” Russell, 86, entered life on August 23, 1925 and entered into rest on April 19, 2012. He served in the US Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, where he received numerous medals, including two Bronze Stars. When he returned from the war, he married Beulah Lee Thompson and began a career in the sawmill business with his father, Jimmy Russell. Upon the birth of his daughter, Sandra Ree Russell, he turned to dairy farming and raising beef cattle. He retired after over 30 years of farming and planted his land in pine trees. He was hard-working, loving, and thoughtful and always opened his home to family, friends and neighbors. He was always willing to help anyone in need. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Beulah Lee Thompson Russell, his mother, Sarah Jane French Russell and his father, Jimmy Ross Russell.

Survivors include: Daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Ree Russell Rainer and James Edward Rainer, granddaughter and her husband, Misti Shea Rainer Carter and John Shane Carter, and two great granddaughters, Anna Kate Carter and Kara Beth Carter, his sisters, Louise Russell Reynolds (Dale Reynolds) and Adell Russell Vance (Coyte Vance).

Pallbearers were Andy Vance, Adam Vance, Kevin Vance, Danny Lee Thompson, Dale Thompson, and Roger Reynolds. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church 2095 Andrew Milling Rd. Decatur, Ms. 39327.

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Mr. André’ B. Lang was born on July 14, 1963 to the late Essie Lang and Samuel Curry in Newton. He departed this life on April 11, 2012.

Andre’ was reared in Newton and was a 1981 graduate of Newton High School.

He served several years in the U.S Army and was a member of Evergreen C.O.G.I.C.

He leaves wonderful memories to be cherished by his father, Samuel Curry, daughter, D’Angelia Lang, three sons, Andre’ Lang Jr., Matthew Wesley, and Pierre Wesley, eight grandchildren, Andre’ III, Pierre, Kristjan, Karmauara, Z’Kaila, Essence, Laiklyn, and Anisia, and a friend, Ms. Jennifer Irby, a sister, Brenda Thames, twelve uncles, eight aunts, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Funeral services were held for Lula Bell Wilson at Dunlap & Thames Chapel in Newton on Tuesday, April 24. Dunlap & Thames Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Billie Burch Tillman, 86, of Alvin, Texas passed away on April 16, 2012 in Friendswood, Texas. She was born in Claremore, Oklahoma to Audrey “AD” and Florence (McNames) Underwood. Billie worked as a bookkeeper and cashier at the Alvin Drive In Theater where she met her husband Robert Tillman. They were married in 1956 in Meridian, Miss.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, and a sister.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Tillman; her sister, Mary Ella Duran and husband Alex; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In lieu of usual remembrances donations may be made in Billie Tillman’s name to the Houston SPCA, 900 Portway Drive, Houston, Texas 77024. A special thank you to Friendship Haven Nursing Home in Friendswood, Texas and Heart to Heart Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the Tillman family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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Kimberly Swindoll Weems, 43, of Batesville Ark., formerly of Laurel, died Sunday, April 15, 2012 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Wednesday, April 18 at Memory Chapel of Laurel with burial following at Myrick Cemetery in Jones County. Rev. Mark Vincent and Rev. Ken Regan officiated.

She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband, Duane Weems of Batesville, Arkansas; one brother, Steve Swindoll of Easley, South Carolina; one sister, Stacie Craddock of Pass Christian, MS; and mother, Carolyn Swindoll of Natchez, MS.

Pallbearers were Steve Swindoll, Phillip James, Joe Hayes, Scott Weems, Steven O’Neal and Shelby Watkins.  To view and sign the family guest book, visit www.memorychapellaurel.com

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James Michael McMullan died Monday, April 16, 2012 surrounded by his family at his home in Lake Forest, Ill. He was 77.Mr. McMullan worked in the securities business for 50 years, 41 of which were with William Blair & Company in Chicago. After spending eight years as an account executive at Merrill Lynch in Jackson, Miss., Mr. McMullan joined William Blair & Company in 1969. Three years later he became a partner of the firm.

Mr. McMullan worked in a number of different capacities at William Blair & Company over the years. He was Manager of Syndicate from 1972 - 1986 and Manager of Equity Trading from 1981-1995. He also managed the Private Investor Department from 1986 -1997 and he was Director of William Blair Mutual Funds, Inc. from 1990-1999. Mr. McMullan served on William Blair & Company's Executive Committee for over twenty years as well. His daughter, Carlette McMullan, joined the firm as a Financial Advisor in 1989, and together they formed the McMullan team managing investment portfolios for private clients until Mr. McMullan's retirement in 2010. Mr. McMullan continued to be a trusted advisor to the team until his death.

Mr. McMullan was engaged throughout his career in industry affairs having served on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the Securities Industry Association (SIA). He also served on the Region Firms Advisory Committee to the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. McMullan was Chairman of the Securities Industry Association Central States District and served on the District 8 Business Conduct Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers from 1975 through 1978.

James (Jim) McMullan was born the eldest son to Milton and Thelma McMullan on June 27, 1934 in Lake, Miss. and raised in Newton, Miss. He is survived by two sisters, Martha Ann Aasen (Lawrence), and Sarah McMullan, and one brother, the late David (Patricia). He played high school football and graduated from Newton High School in 1952. He attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, graduating in 1956 with a B.B.A. in finance. While visiting his sister Sarah in Washington, D.C., he met Madeleine Engel de Janosi from Vienna, Austria, who lived in Washington and worked with the C.I.A. Three days later, Mr. McMullan proposed marriage to her in Senator James O. Eastland's car. Madeleine and Jim were married for 54 years.

After military service and a short period selling farm equipment at his father's International Harvester tractor store in Newton, Mr. McMullan joined Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith in Jackson, Miss. as an account executive in 1961. Later, after moving to Chicago and joining William Blair & Company, Mr. McMullan received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1976.

Maintaining lifelong ties to both Mississippi and to Chicago, Mr. McMullan was involved in many philanthropic efforts. He served as Director of the University of Mississippi Foundation and Advisory Council Chair, and later as Advisory Council Member of The University of Mississippi's Center for Southern Culture 2001-Present. In 1996 The McMullan Fund was announced during a public ceremony at the 23rd annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. The gift was designated for two joint professorships between the University of Mississippi's Center for Southern Culture and two other departments on campus. "The Center has strengthened the liberal arts tradition of the University, and I think that is a great need of higher education institutions across the country," Jim said at the time. "My wife and I are particularly interested in funding teaching positions." Most recently in 2012, Mr. and Mrs. McMullan made a generous donation to the new endowment that honors the work of their friend, retired Associate Director Ann Abadie by supporting the Oxford Conference for the Book. Mr. and Mrs. McMullan attended the conference through the years. Mr. McMullan was also a director of the Eudora Welty Foundation Board

Since 1987, Mr. McMullan has provided college scholarships for over 24 high school students at his alma mater, Newton High School. The outstanding student report cards and the many letters of appreciation are testaments to how important Mr. McMullan's Scholarship Foundation is to the students and ultimately to the community of Newton and to the state of Mississippi.
In 2004, Mr. McMullan established the Madeleine and James M. McMullan - Carl E Eybel, MD, Chair of Excellence in Clinical Cardiology to honor the career of Carl E. Eybel, MD, for his exemplary skills as a clinician and as a teacher of fellows, residents and medical students. Dr. Eybel was Mr. McMullan's personal physician for many years. Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. James M. McMullan recently endowed a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for the new wing at Rush University Medical Center.
 In addition to their residence in Lake Forest, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. McMullan have a home in Pass Christian, Miss. The McMullans restored the Gulf Coast home, which was built in 1845 and which they use as a family vacation home. After hurricane Katrina destroyed Pass Christian, Mr. McMullan and his wife Madeleine were among the first homeowners to rebuild due to their deep connection to the community, donating generously to the Red Cross, the Pass Christian fire station, and the Pass Christian library. They also provided scholarships to area students to attend Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where Mrs. McMullan once taught.

He is survived by his wife, Madeleine, his two daughters, Carlette McMullan, Principal with William Blair & Company of Chicago, Illinois and her husband John Gibbons; Margaret McMullan, writer and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana and her husband Patrick O'Connor; and two grandchildren, Madeleine Honor Gibbons and James Raymond O'Connor. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest on Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. and a Graveside services will be held Monday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Masonic Cemetery on Decatur Street in Newton, Mississippi. In memory of Jim McMullan, contributions may be sent to the Eudora Welty Foundation, P.O. Box 55685, Jackson, Miss. 39296-5685.

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Services for Elnora Fielder were held Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Anthony Robinson, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Fielder, 78, of Newton, died Sunday, April 15, 2012, at The Oaks Rehabilitation Center in Meridian. Visitation was held on April 20, 2012 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

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Janie Lee McMullan Williams, 70 of Lawrence, Miss. died Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at St Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Miss. Funeral services were held April 22, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home - South in Newton, Miss. with Bro. Steve Robinson & Bro. James Galloway officiating. Burial was in the Newton Masonic Cemetery, Newton, Miss. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, Miss. was in charge of arrangements

Mrs. Williams was an active member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church and she loved to help people.

She is survived by two daughters, Rose Marie Hill, Edwards, Miss. and LeeAnn McMullan Rainer & Fiancé Paul Duke of Chunky, Miss., two sons, James Lamar McMullan & wife Winnie, Lake, MS & Willie Clifton McMullan & fiancée Mary McLaughlin, Meridian, MS; eighteen grandchildren; twenty seven great grandchildren; two great great Grandchild, a sister, Mattie Spence, of Union, Miss. and numerous nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Marion Lamar McMullan; second husband, Donald Gene Williams; parents,Willie & Eula Wilkerson, and a son, Charles Mitchell McMullan.

Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Sarah Earline Easom Stevens, 78 of Meridian, Miss., died Friday, April 20, 2012 at Silver Leaf Manor in Meridian. She was a member of Park Place Baptist Church in Brandon, Miss. Funeral services were held Monday, April 23, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home North in Newton, Miss. with Bro. Keith Grubbs officiating. Burial was in Newton County Memorial Gardens with Newton County Funeral Home North, Hwy 15 North, Newton, in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Stevens is preceded in death by her loving husband: Conrad Stevens; her parents, Amos Easom & Ludie Mae Ledlow Easom, and a brother, James Hollis Easom.
She is survived by her brother, Wilburt L. Easom & wife Jean of Meridian, and their children, Kawana & David McCary, Kristie and David Sellmeyer, and Kim and Mike Tvarkunas and their families. She is also survived by her brother James’ children, Gail, Donna, and Tracy Easom and their families; and Conrad’s daughter, Susan and Bruce Gardner and their families and her loving neighbors at the Terraces in Brandon.

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Services for Clyde Germany were held Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 11 a.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel in Philadelphia, Miss. with Rev. Ken Lynch, Rev. Don Cook and Rev. Paul Ninemire officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Methodist Cemetery in Neshoba County with McClain-Hays Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Germany, 95, died Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian.

He was a native of Neshoba County but had been a lifelong resident of the New Ireland community of Newton County. He was a retired farmer, plumber, electrician and broiler grower. Tomato growing was his passion. Mr. Germany was a member of Bluff Springs Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Germany of Union; son, Terry Germany (Nancy) of Ridgeland; grandchildren; Jesse Tucker Germany of Starkville and Tyler Sage Germany of Madison; sisters, Mable Crocker and Georgia Skelton both of Union, and Jeanette Peavey of Jackson, TN; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Mr. Germany was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Susie Germany; brothers, Thomas Marlin Germany and Floyd Germany; and sisters, Bertha Plunkett and Hazel Germany.

Pallbearers were W. C. Tadlock, David Gilmore, Danny Tadlock, Michael Tadlock, Sage Germany and Jesse Germany. Honorary pallbearers were Ken Plunkett, Alan Wallace and Kirt Germany..

Alphabetic list of Individuals

LASTNAME, FIRSTNAME

DOB

DOD

Agent, Debra Knight

 

02/17/2012

Aiken, Nan

12/20/1938

12/05/2012

Alley, Nancy Lay

03/05/1949

04/06/2012

Altenhofel, Rachel Tatum

03/19/1935

04/16/2012

Amis, William S

02/09/1925

04/17/2012

Anderson, Allyson N

01/30/1995

02/23/2012

Anderson, Johnnie Lou Van Hooser

 

07/22/2012

Anderson, Roger Lee

 

11/19/2012

Arrington, Clarence

 

09/28/2012

Arrington, Paul C

 

09/24/2012

Averett, Grace White

09/22/1918

02/03/2012

Bailey, Joy

 

 

Bankston, Luvie Dee “Lou”

08/16/1922

08/25/2012

Barlow, J C

 

10/28/2012

Barrett, Jean Dyess

 

01/13/2012

Baucum, Lester A

02/05/1935

03/28/2012

Bell, Jessie “Blue”

08/29/1950

10/04/2012

Bishop, Eloise

12/22/1927

03/27/2012

Blackwell, Jean

 

09/16/2012

Blalock, Isaac Lamar

06/15/1964

08/08/2012

Blanks, Emma

 

01/03/2012

Bower, Cynthia Jean

11/18/1952

01/18/2012

Boykin, Leetry “Pete

 

08/02/2012

Box, Dr. William A “Bill”

03/19/1924

01/28/2012

Brantley, Faye

 

02/02/2012

Bray, Walter Franklin

 

08/06/2012

Breedlove, Larry “Shorty”

 

10/24/2012

Breland, Ruby Inez

 

12/11/2012

Brown, Angel

 

08/09/2012

Brown, James A

 

05/01/2012

Brown, Willie

 

 

Browne, Betty Rush

 

 

Brumett, Gene Arnold Sr.

 

 

Brunson, Joe

 

 

Burks, Rosie

 

 

Burton, Leola Williamson

 

 

Burton, Ruth A

 

 

Chaney, Faye Rigdon

 

 

Chapman, Emma Lee

10/18/1916

03/06/2012

Chapman, W C Sr.

 

 

Clayton, James L

 

 

Clifford, Helen Wheeler

01/24/1921

02/01/2012

Coghlan, Rachel Louise Gainey

10/19/1927

02/06/2012

Cole, Alton H

06/14/1925

03/19/2012

Collins, Brenda Kay

 

 

Cook, Jewel

 

 

Cooley, John Wesley

 

 

Crenshaw, C David

 

 

Crenshaw, Donnell

 

 

Croft, Julia M

 

03/06/2012

Crocker, Eleanor Rita

 

 

Cumberland, Raymond

 

12/30/3011

Davis, Charles Edwards

03/09/1934

03/11/2012

Davidson, Willie B

 

 

Denson, Marijo James

08/14/1929

04/17/2012

Dorman, Charlie Lamar Jr.

 

 

Dorrough, Malcolm Melvin

07/25/1928

01/29/2012

Dukes, Lorraine

 

 

Easom, Mary Inez

 

 

Emmerich, Celia B

05/18/1931

03/01/2012

Estes, James L

 

 

Evans, Charlie Jr.

 

 

Evans, Joy Nell

 

 

Everett, Annie Merle

05/21/1913

02/11/2012

Everett, Lewis Earl Sr.

 

 

Everett, Marjorie Carolyn White

 

 

Ezelle, Col Henry “Hank” L Jr.

 

02/16/2012

Ferguson, Peggy Usery

 

 

Ferrell, Donna Domerque

 

 

Fielder, Elnora

09/26/1933

04/15/2012

Fleming, Alma

 

 

French, Davis

07/19/1947

04/15/2012

Fulton, Annette O

 

 

Garner, Ella Virginia Beach

 

 

Garner, Floy Davidson

 

 

Garrison, Kenneth Troy

05/26/1956

01/10/2012

Garvin, Elouise Jay

 

 

Gentry, Jesse

 

 

Germany, Clyde

 

04/19/2012

Germany, George Monroe

12/28/1921

02/03/2012

Germany, Ruby Winnoah

 

 

Gibbs, Gene Austin “Buddy”

09/17/1932

01/09/2012

Gibbs, John Dudley

 

 

Gibson, Lonnie Ray Mason

04/04/1977

03/30/2012

Giles, Olen G

 

 

Godwin, Roger Allen

 

 

Gordon, Dr. Horace Garland

01/17/1925

01/14/2012

Grady, Imogene Dockery

 

 

Graham, Ann E

 

 

Graham, Dock

 

 

Graham, James Edwin

 

 

Graham, Roy Gene

02/06/1935

02/09/2012

Gregory, Carolee

07/26/1938

01/15/2012

Gregory, James J

 

 

Griffin, Janice Marie

 

 

Griffin, Joseph Raines

05/31/1937

02/23/2012

Hall, Rev. Bill

 

 

Hardin, Wendell Eugene

 

 

Harper, Doris A

 

 

Harrell, Titus

 

 

Harris, Ryan Gordon

 

 

Hattaway, Shelby

 

 

Heflin, Hazel Anthony

 

 

Henderson, Hester Lee

 

 

Henley, Douglas Richard (Ricky)

09/17/1958

02/15/2012

Hennington, Billy Joe

 

 

Herrington, Caroldine

 

 

Herrington, Nannie Mae

 

 

Herrington, Vera

 

 

Hillhouse, Robert

 

 

Hilton, Jonnie Mae

 

 

Hirsch, Paul Michael

09/10/1946

03/22/2012

Hodges, Robert Earl

04/19/1951

03/09/2012

Holliday, Maudie Lou Thames

03/17/1963

03/05/2012

Hollingsworth, Edna Ruth

 

 

Hollingsworth, Inez

06/17/1921

03/07/2012

Holmes, Brenda Gayle

 

 

Holt, James M

11/21/1926

02/12/2012

Hurst, Annie M

 

 

Hurst, Bobby “Shank”

01/20/1942

01/13/2012

Hurst, David Michael “Mike”

 

 

Johnson, C Darnell

 

03/04/2012

Johnson, Coriee Etoya

 

 

Johnson, Dorothy J

 

 

Johnson, Isadora

 

 

Johnson, John L

 

 

Johnson, Roberta G Evans

05/14/1950

01/20/2012

Jones, David Levelt

 

 

Jones, Frances B

 

 

Jones, Iva Mae Cox

 

 

Jones, James L

 

 

Jordan, Frances Haik

 

 

Kelly, Imogene

 

 

Kennedy, Ida M

01/05/1903

01/21/2012

Kennedy, Lillian

 

 

Killen, Oscar Kenneth

04/14/1931

01/15/2012

Kirkland, Thomas Nolan

 

 

Lange, Andre’ B Sr.

 

04/11/2012

Leach, Paul Alumis

06/24/1924

03/20/2012

Lee, Mary E

04/06/1941

03/02/2012

Lewis, A J

 

 

Lewis, Othel “Moody” L

 

 

Livingston, John Lane

10/28/1942

04/14/2012

Loftis, Faye Howle

 

 

Long, Thelma

 

 

Luke, Dr. James Neal

09/24/1953

01/17/2012

Lyles, Zula M

05/16/2918

01/31/2012

Mahon, Owen Jr.

 

02/07/2012

Martin, Linda Ann Swilley

 

 

Mason, John H

 

 

Mason, Michelle Lee

 

 

McBride, Vera Lou Ella

 

 

McCann, William Jr.

 

 

McCormick, Johnny

 

 

McCullough, Larry “Peanut” II

 

04/04/2012

McCune, Stephen Jacob

 

 

McDill, Jackie K

06/21/1959

02/07/2012

McDonald, Daisy Lee

10/22/1941

01/24/2012

McKinion, Lamar

01/05/1937

01/31/2012

McMullan, James Michael

06/27/1934

04/16/2012

McMullan, William Othel

 

 

Meador, Stella R

04/15/1931

04/07/2012

Mills, Ruth

 

 

Mitchell, Robert H “Van”

 

 

Moore, Jane Brand

12/08/1927

01/30/2012

Moreau, Sara

 

 

Morrow, Charles Hugh

 

 

Mosley, Ernest L

 

 

Munn, Billy Joe

 

02/26/2012

Murphey, Thomas Victor “Vic” III

06/03/1952

01/26/2012

Myers, Alvin C

 

 

Neese, Robert Jr.

 

 

Nicholson, William Bruce Sr.

 

 

Norman, Annie Mason

03/12/1934

03/20/2012

Norman, Rujay

02/22/1944

03/03/2012

Pace, Walter Thurman

 

 

Parsons, Danny Wayne

 

01/29/2012

Patterson, Billy C

08/07/1935

03/09/2012

Peckham, Frank R Jr.

 

 

Peoples, Eunice L

05/30/1923

03/05/2012

Pickett, Alma Pilgrim

07/12/1923

04/02/2012

Pierce, Allen

 

 

Pierce, Brenda Joyce Roebuck

 

 

Pinson, John E “Bo”

 

 

Plummer, Jeffery Scott

 

 

Poindexter, Joseph H

10/21/1932

01/27/2012

Powell, Andrew Harrison

07/15/1932

01/22/2012

Price, Parmal

 

 

Pugh, Geralene Embrey

 

 

Reaux, Freddie

 

 

Reece, Pervis

 

 

Reed, James

 

 

Reeves, Jeanette

 

 

Rhodes, Margaret Vance

 

 

Rice, Billy Gene

10/02/1928

01/25/2012

Richardson, Levi “Bill”

 

 

Rivers, William Gary

 

 

Roberts-Riley, Johnnie Pearl

 

02/11/2012

Roebuck, William Clayton

 

 

Ross, Annie Johnson

 

01/26/2012

Rowzee, William Robert “Bill”

 

 

Russell, Belton “Red”

05/09/1920

04/04/2012

Russell, Melburn Ross “Pete”

08/23/1925

04/19/2012

Russell, Ramson "Randy"

10/15/1956

03/19/2012

Sadler, Pauline Gladys

01/06/1927

02/09/2012

Sanders, Edward Purvis

 

 

Seals, Mattie Thames

 

 

Shaffer, Charles Daniel

 

 

Shaffer, Daniel “Dan”

 

 

Shepherd, Charles Aaron

 

 

Sibley, Rebecca Ann Green

 

 

Smith, Bessie Spence

 

 

Smith, Irene Hogue

 

 

Smith, Jeffery S “Scotty”

04/03/1961

02/06/2012

Smith, Katherine

 

 

Smith, Larry Don

 

 

Smith, Sylvia Chaney

07/21/1936

02/26/2012

Smith, Truman Lavell

 

 

Stamper, C A

 

 

Stamper, Melvin Warner

 

 

Steele, Ethel Mae

 

 

Stevens, Sarah Earline Easom

 

04/20/2012

Strait, Freeman

 

 

Sudduth, Nathan

04/10/1919

02/13/2012

Tanksley, Willie Lee

 

 

Tanner, Charlene Putnam

08/22/1924

01/26/2012

Taylor, Joan

 

 

Terrell, Buck

 

 

Thomas, Davion Dewayne

05/02/1983

04/03/2012

Thomason, Carrol Calvin “CC”

 

 

Thornton, Milton “Red” Cross

 

 

Thrash, Willie D “Buddy”

08/29/1931

02/20/2012

Tierce, Linda “Jo”

 

 

Tillis, Bennie Lee

 

 

Tillman, Billie Burch

 

04/16/2012

Townsend, Billy C

 

 

Turner, Irene Chaney

03/26/1911

01/27/2012

Tumey, Dr. Robert L

 

 

Vance, James M

 

 

Viverette, Nancy L

 

 

Wade, Rose Mary Collums

 

 

Walker, Beatrice C

09/30/1933

03/02/2012

Walker, Brittany L

 

 

Walker, Keisah La’Dawn

 

 

Wall, SSG Michael Robert

 

04/07/2012

Walls, Willie Ray

 

 

Walton, Cornelia W

 

 

Walton, Ruth Nicholson

 

 

Wansley, Ervie Gene

09/02/1931

03/12/2012

Wash, Marcella

 

 

Watkins, Doyle “Blue”

 

 

Watkins, Leslie Earl

07/26/1923

01/29/2012

Watson, Mary Lucille

04/24/1924

03/25/2012

Watson, Roger L

 

 

Waugh, Mildred Mardean Massengale

10/16/1935

02/09/2012

Weatherford, John G

11/06/1925

02/28/2012

Weber, Raymond Joseph

 

 

Weems, Kimberly Swindoll

12/21/1968

04/15/2012

Wells, Beulah

 

 

White, Joshua Ray

 

12/30/2011

White, Preston James

 

12/30/2011

Whitman, Alatha A

08/14/1939

02/12/2012

Wilcher, Annie Lois Spence

 

 

Wilkerson, Virginia Dale

 

 

Williams, Janie Lee McMullan

02/13/1942

04/17/2012

Williamson, Judy Langham

 

 

Willis, David

04/21/1935

12/26/2011

Willis, David Richard “Rick

 

 

Willis, J Harold

 

 

Willis, Sara

 

 

Wilson, Lula Bell

 

2012

Wilson, Thomas Hardy

07/05/1929

01/23/2012

Winstead, Robert Charles

 

 

Wolverton, Marie

 

 

Yates, Truman H

06/20/1931

12/30/2011

Obituaries May 2012

Allen Pierce page-up-icon 24x24
Funeral services for Mr. Allen Pierce were held on April 19, 2012, with Rev. David Nelson, Rev. Ben Laird officiating.  Burial was at Antioch Cemetery in House with Rev. Ray Spence officiating. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Allen Pierce, 71, died Sunday, April 15, 2012, at Anderson Regional Medical Center-North in Meridian, Miss.

He lived in the House Community most of his life. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired poultry and cattle farmer. Mr. Pierce was a member of Beech Springs M.B. Church where he was a deacon and taught Sunday school.

Mr. Pierce was preceded in death by his parents, Johnie Glen Pierce and Lucille Rucker Pierce; infant sister, Brenda K. Pierce and infant brother, Timothy David Pierce.

Mr. Pierce is survived by his wife, whom he married May 8, 1971, Charlotte Cole Pierce of House, Miss; son, Brian Pierce of House; sister, Marie Pierce of Enterprise, Miss.; and brother, Doyle Pierce of Enterprise, Miss.

Pallbearers were Jeff McNair, Rayburn Rush, Demp Parkes, Jerry Joyner, Ricky Carlisle, Dennis Rigdon, John Hester and Ricky Smith.

William S Amis page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Ms. William S. Amis were held Friday, April 20, 2012, at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Randall Creel, Rev. Heath Johnson and Rev. Harmon Smith officiated with burial in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Amis, 87, of Conehatta died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at her residence.

Survivors include three sons, James Amis and wife Sharon of Timbo, Ark.; William E. Amis and wife Patsy of Lake, and Robert Amis and wife Sandra of Conehatta; a daughter, Valrie Thrash and husband Terry of Sulphur, La.; 10 grandchildren, Melanie Pope, Lance Amis, April Lacy, Bethany Crosby, Stacy Parker, Alisia McMillian, Deidre Maxie, John Oliver Amis, Stephanie Morris, and Julie Rabun; 21 great grandchildren; a sister, Regina Gardner; and a brother, Henry Sharp.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Amis.

Pallbearers will be Lance Amis, J. O. Amis, Ken Crosby, Justin Thrash, James Amis, Trey Morris, Chad Parker, and Arthur McMillian.

Faye Howle Loftis page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Marilyn Faye Howle Loftis were held Sunday, April 29, 2012, at Neshoba Baptist Church, with Rev. Ed Dickerson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Loftis, 66, of Biloxi, formerly of Union, died Thursday, April 26 2912,, at Ocean Springs Hospital in Ocean Springs, Miss.

Survivors include her daughter, Darla D. Loftis and her fiancé, Nate Jourdan, both of Biloxi; two brothers, Jim Howle and wife, Merrill, Tom Howle and wife, Susanna; two nephews, Richard Howle and wife, Erin, and David Brown Loftis; two nieces, Jennifer Howle,and Dana Loftis Chadwell and her husband, Scott, and a great nephew, Dylan Howle, all of Atlanta, Ga.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Claudine Livingston Howle.

Pallbearers were Mike Howle, Joey Gressett, Jon Withers, Steve Baggett, Delton Killen, and Brobby Moore.

Wendell Eugene Hardin page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mr. Wendell Eugene Hardin were held Friday, April 27, 2012, at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Fanguy and Rev. Heath Johnson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Wendell Hardin, 74, of Conehatta, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at his home.

Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years, Nancy Jo Hardin of Conehatta; two sons, Wendell Eugene “Peetie” Hardin, Jr. and wife Marsha of Union, Charles Robert “Bobby” Hardin and wife Cherie of Forest; three daughters, Susan Margaret “Maggie” McCoy and fiance Brant of Meridian, Tammy Lynn McPhail and husband Scotty of Sebastopol, Tina Marie Brown and husband Scott of Carthage; 10 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three brothers, Jerry Hardin, Jimmy Hardin, and Jeff Hardin; two sisters, Gwyn Cooper and Gayle Brashier.

Pallbearers were Chris Graham, Vance Hardin, Warren Hardin, Hunter Brown, Grant Brashier, Clay Thrash. Honorary pallbearers were Landon Hardin and Cameron Brown.

Mr. Hardin is preceded in death by his parents, B. C. (Preacher) and Verda Ruth Hardin; and one great grandson, Hayden Myatt.

Mr. Hardin was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and an active member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. He was a retiree from Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Anderson Cancer Patient Benevolence Fund (1704 23rd Ave. Meridian, MS 39301) or The American Cancer Society ( P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718)

Shelby Hattaway page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mr. Shelby Hattaway were held May 3, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Hopewell Cemetery. Rev. Danny Lanier and Rev. Benny Buckley will officiate.

Mr. Hattaway, 59, of Decatur, died Monday, April 30, 2012 at Specialty Hospice of Meridian.

Survivors include a son, James Hattaway and wife Amanda of Decatur, a daughter: Amanda Hattaway of Decatur, a stepson, William Pedersen and wife Shelia of Little Rock; grandsons: Patrick Pedersen and Preston Shaw, a stepdaughter, Tyna Walters of House; a stepdaughter, Marleene Pederson of Union, grandsons, Braxton Hattaway and Mason Hattaway, a sister, Anita Anderson and husband Kirby of McHenry, Miss., and a special friend, Jeanette Wall of Little Rock.

Mr. Hattaway was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Juanita O. Hattaway.

Pallbearers were Steve Dean, Ronnie Wilson, Jonathan Merritt, Jimmy Butler, Allen Oliver, Sonny Harrison, Tom Keene, and Tony Estes.

William Clayton Roebuck page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mr. William Clayton Roebuck were held Friday, May 4, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union. Burial was in the Pinckney Cemetery with Rev. Ed Dickerson officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Roebuck, 57, of Union, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at his residence.

He was an active member of Decatur Church of God. Clayton enjoyed his church, family, and friends.

His hobbies included wood working and horses. He was employed with Spaceway Oil Company for over 25 years. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Survivors include his loving wife of 10 years: Cindy Roebuck of Union; five children: daughters Carmen Tillman and husband Zan and Robin Daniels all of Union, and Angela Roebuck and Jessica Roebuck, both of Meridian, a son, Robert Daniels of Union; ten grandchildren, a brother, Gary Roebuck and wife Nan of Richland, and a brother -in-law, Bob Gamel and wife Elois of Collinsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Louise Roebuck, and a sister, Teresa Gamel.

Pallbearers were Bruce Shannon, Steve Milling, Richard Winstead, Mike Smith, Joye James, Bobby Huddleston, Jeremy Warren, Otto Rouse, and Henry Eldridge. Honorary pallbearers were David Weeks and Bobby Huddleston.

Cornelia W Walton page-up-icon 24x24
Cornelia W Walton, 93 of Decatur, died Wednesday,May 2, 2012 at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home North in Newton,Miss. with Bro. George Felton officiating. Burial was in Newton County Memorial Gardens, Newton, with Newton County Funeral Home North in charge of arrangements 601-635-3200.

Mrs. Walton was a member of Newton Presbyterian Church & Gideons Auxillary. She was preceded in death by her husband: Will Walton, parents: Bud White & Lula Virginia McMillan White.

She is survived by a sister: Mildred Swain of McLean, VA, sister- in- law: Louise Walton of Decatur, Miss., caretaker: Ethel Ford of Hickory, Miss. and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Gideons International. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Parmal Price page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mr. Parmal Price were held Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Golden Grove Church of God. Rev. Jason Price and Rev. Larry Duncan officiated with burial in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Parmal Price, 75, of Forest, passed away Friday, May 4, 2012 at his residence.

Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Shirley Price of Forest, a daughter, Becky Federick and husband Bodie of Lake, a son, Jeff Price and wife Judy of Hattiesburg; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a sister, Johnnie Ruth Gomillion of Lake; a brother, David Price and wife Carolyn of Madden; two sisters-in-law, Lodie Price of Meridian and Frances Price of Walnut Grove, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Price is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Olen Price; and two brothers, J. B. Price; and Rev. Junior Price.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Harrell, Johnny Goss, Justin Harrell, Ray Gomillion, Keith Warren, Nathaniel Lewis, Bruce Hall, and Bodie Federick. Mr. Price was an active member and deacon of Golden Grove Church of God. He worked at Newton Company for over 20 years.

Linda Ann Swilley Martin page-up-icon 24x24
Linda Ann Swilley Martin, 67, local retired cosmetologist and member of Grace United Baptist Church, of Decatur, died Thursday, May 3, 2012 at her home. Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel with Rev. Mark McDonald officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her previous husband, Lovee Swilley, parents: A.J. & Urcel Merritt and Howard W. Walters and one brother, James H. Walters.

Mrs. Linda was survived by one daughter: Kelly Miller of Decatur; two sisters: Pam Scott Martin and Angie Merritt Woodcock; and three granddaughters: Lindsey, Kara, and Sydney Miller; several nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers were Joey Scott, Vince Woodcock, James McNamee, David Craven, Ben Harper, and J.R. Addy. Honorary pallbearers were Gerald Matlock, Larry Wall, Jimmy Hayes, James Martin, Milton Smith, Donald Overstreet, and Zane Hiatt. Newton County Funeral Home, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.  Friends and family may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

James M Vance page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mr. James M. Vance were held Saturday, May 5, 2012, at College Park United Methodist Church, with Reverend Kenneth R. Owen and Dr. Rhett G. Payne, III officiating. Interment was held in the Decatur Cemetery with Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

James M. Vance, 76, went home to be with his Lord May 2, 2012. He spent his life helping educate and guide young people.

He was also an inspiration to countless other people in his community, church, and state. His compassion, leadership, and support will be greatly missed. His legacy, however, will continue. His love for the Lord will be a beacon for his family, friends, and colleagues. As a member of College Park United Methodist Church, he served as Sunday School Teacher, Chairman of the Administrative Board, delegate to conference, and treasurer. Coach Vance was known by coaches and officials during his 48 years of officiating. He also conducted workshops for others.

The son of the late David and Tammy Vance, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patsy Mowdy Vance, his son, Jeff Vance, and his daughter, Tami Cassaro, son-in-law, Brett Cassaro, granddaughter, Micah Rippon, sister Delois Cannady, and his brothers, Doug and Rudolph Vance.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.jamesfwebb.com.

Edward Purvis Sanders page-up-icon 24x24
Funeral services for Mr. Edward Purvis Sanders of the Four Corners Community were held Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at John E. Stephens Chapel with Rev. Wade Chappell officiating.

Interment is in Remus Cemetery.

Mr. Sanders, 74, passed away on Wed., May 2, 2012 at his residence in Attala County.

He had lived most of his life in the Four Corners Community. He was retired from Taylor Machine Works. Mr. Sanders was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Remus Baptist Church. Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by his father, Earl Sanders; son, Mike Sanders;brothers, Everette Sanders & Bud Sanders.

Mr. Sanders is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Sanders of Kosciusko, daughters, Teresa (Buster) Speaks of Madison & Dana (Woody) Marcangeli of Union; sons, Stacy (Angie) Sanders of Pontotoc & Phillip Sanders of Philadelphia; brothers, James Sanders of Zama & Danny Sanders of Four Corners; thirteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces & nephews.

Pallbearers were Bobby Sanders, Kenny Parker, Woody Marcangeli, Terry Sanders, Mitch Gheen & Austin Sanders.

Charlie Evans, Jr. page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Charlie Evans, Jr. on May 5, 2012 at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Percy Pollard officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Community Cemetery with Clark Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Evans, 60, of Newton, died April 30, 2012 at Anderson Hospital in Meridian.

John Dudley Gibbs page-up-icon 24x24
Funeral services for John Dudley Gibbs were held Friday, May 4, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home – South Chapel with Rev. Ed Saunders officiating. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery with military honors. Newton County Funeral Home, 100 Old Hwy. 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Gibbs, 66 of Lawrence, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the V.A. Medical Center in Jackson.

Annie Lois Spence Wilcher page-up-icon 24x24
On Sunday afternoon, May 6, 2012, Annie Lois Spence Wilcher left earth for Heaven at the age of 94, joining her husband L. C. Wilcher and many other family members who preceded her in death.

Surviving family members include: her daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Bob Craven and Julie and Dwayne Sharp (Meridian); her sister, Gladys Boatner (Meridian); her grandson and family, Shane, Kim, Jordan, Melonie, and Abigail Craven (Ringgold, GA); and her granddaughter and family, Allison, Chip, Zach, and Daniel Riggs (Canton, GA).

Lois lived most of her adult life in Union, Miss. , and was a member of First Baptist Church there.

A graveside service will be held at Decatur City Cemetery on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will conduct the service.

Memorials may be made to Aldersgate Retirement Community, Meridian, or Bedford Care Center of Marion.

Willie Ray Walls page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Willie Ray Walls, 83 were held at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Conehatta, Miss. May 9, 2012 with Rev. Randall Creel, Rev. William Savell, and Rev. Heath Johnson officiating . Burial was in the church cemetery with Newton County Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Walls, of Glen Allan, Miss. died Saturday, May 5, at his home. He was born June 18, 1928 in Forest, Miss. He was in the United States Air Force from 1947 to 1967. He and his family were stationed in Hawaii before it became a state and was stationed there when Hawaii gained statehood. He was also stationed in several states and in France. While in France he and his family visited several European countries.

Mr. Walls retired to Conehatta in April 1967. He was employed for the summer with the Newton County Supervisor in Beat 3 where he helped black top the road from Conehatta to Prospect. He then worked for Jerry Trest at the Forest Air Conditioning/Refrigerator Service, worked at the Newton Record as the teletype operator, East Central Community College, and Green Acre Farms until he retired in 1989 and moved to Lake Washington in Glen Allan where he and his wife loved to fish.

Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Yates Thorne and husband Curtis of Decatur, one sister, Cecily Walls Wilder and husband, Winston of Starkville, one brother James Austin Wall and wife, Betty of Biloxi, his grandson Mickey and wife Karla Yates and children Tyler, Zach, Kaylee, and Brandon Yates of Decatur, also Julie, Josh and Tyler G. He had nine other grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, sister-in-law Brenda Crawford and husband Ron of Hattiesburg and Billie Leach of Decatur, several nieces and nephews and very special friends, Mr. & Mrs. Murry Barr, Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie McIntire of Glen Allan and Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Rochelle of Holly Bluff, MS.

He was preceded in death by his wife Louise Leach Walls, and parents, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Wall, one son, Danny L. Yates and one daughter, Rita C. Walls Gibbs and husband Dean.

Pallbearers were the Military Honor Guard. Friends and family may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.

Ruby Winnoah Germany page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Ruby Winnoah Vance Germany were held on May 9 at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Paul Ninemier and Rev. Jerry Germany officiating. Burial followed in the New Ireland Baptist Church Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Germany, age 94, of Mauriceville, TX, formerly of Union, passed away on May 5th, at Silsbee Oaks Healthcare LLP in Silsbee, TX.

Survivors include her three daughters: Afton Taylor, of Navarre, Florida, Helen Addy and her husband, Ronny, of Conehatta, and Marthalene Harris and her husband, Bobby, of Mauriceville, TX; one son, Ralph Germany and his wife, Melba, of Meridian; one daughter-in-law, Oggie Germany of Union; six grandchildren: Samuel Lee Germany, Ralph Germany, Jr., Anita Webster, Albert Germany, Rhandal Addy, and Wade Harris; eleven great grandchildren: Colby, Elizabeth, Charles, Jessica, Laura, Parker, Brooks, Brian, Scott, Kristin, and Nathan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sim Alton “Bill” Germany; a son, Gary Germany; two grandsons, Donald Ray Taylor and Gary Taylor; three sisters, Edith Lang, Myrtle Sessions, and Verna Cornelius; two half sisters, Susie Leach and Lorene Leach; two brothers, Zelpha Leon Vance and Martis Vance; and one half brother, John Sharp Vance.
Pallbearers were Ralph Germany, Jr., Ab Germany, Sam Germany, Billy Taylor, Scott Taylor, and Brian Taylor.

Brenda Joyce Roebuck Pierce page-up-icon 24x24
Brenda Joyce Roebuck Pierce, beloved wife and mother, passed peacefully on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

She was born October 1, 1941 in Newton, Miss. She will be remembered for her kindness and thoughtfulness to all who knew her. A member of Newton Presbyterian Church, she once taught Sunday School and assisted in the church library. As a past member of Liberty Baptist Church, she and her husband cherished their many years as youth directors. There, she also wrote plays for special holiday events. She worked as medical secretary for Dr. Norman W. Todd and Dr. B. R. Shows before being employed at Newton Rush Hospital, working closely with Dr. Stephen Tramill.

Her final position was as Librarian Assistant at the Newton Public Library. This new path led her to develop even deeper ties with the Newton community. She was a proud member for many years in the Newton Garden Club. She bloomed in her later middle years into an artist. As a member of the Mississippi Art Guild, she showed her paintings around the state and won a number of awards. She once wrote a weekly column for The Newton Record, reporting on the "goings on" about town. When asked, however, what her greatest job and love in life was, she never failed to say, "My family." She devoted her best and her all to her husband and children. They will forever be blessed with all she gave them, and she will live in their hearts forever.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home South with Rev. George Felton and Rev. Charlie Douglas officiating. Burial was in the Newton Masonic Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband James H. (Jim) Pierce of Newton, daughters Evelyn Pierce of Pittsburgh, PA and Jimmie Lyn Weston of Natrona Heights, PA and son-in-law Terry Weston. She also leaves her grandson Del Harrison of Carl Junction, MO, step-grandson Zack Weston, and sister, Clara Lee Strickland of Newton. She is survived by brother and sister in laws Bradley Pierce and William Pierce (Newton), Susan Pierce (New Orleans, LA), Carolyn Burnett (Stone Mt., GA) and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends and family may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com.

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Freddie Reaux was born May 5, 1921 in Lafayette, Louisiana, the sixth of twelve children of the late Fernand Joseph Reaux and Marie Belzire Broussard-Reaux. He entered into eternal rest on May 8, 2012 in Union, MS.

Freddie was raised in Louisiana. He joined the United States Navy where he served 22 years. He served his country during WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Freddie married Dorothy Sampson of Philadelphia, PA and from this union there were four children. Shortly after retirement, he began a career as a professional cook and later as a house painter. Freddie was most happy traveling and sharing stories when surrounded by family and loved ones. He adopted Union, Mississippi as his home during the last 20 years of his life.

Freddie was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife; siblings Lena Reaux-Wiltz, Willie Reaux, Della Reaux-Carter, Ernest Reaux, George Reaux, Edward Reaux, Mae J. Reaux-Tatum, Laura Reaux-Lenior, and Roosevelt L. Reaux.

Freddie leaves to cherish loving memories one son Roumel Reaux of New York, three daughters Yolanda Gadlin of Darby, PA, Vanessa Loney of Philadelphia, PA and Rochel Reaux of Philadelphia, PA. Two sisters Corine Hatton of Dolton, IL, Anna Belle Tyler of Deerfield Beach, FL; 3 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Reaux donated his body to the University of Mississippi Science Donation Program. There will be no burial.

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Services for James A. Brown, Sr. was held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Old Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Charlie Nichols, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Brown, 63, of Louin, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Pioneer Community Hospital. Visitation was held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to service at the church.

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Funeral services for Ms. Brenda Kay Collins were held May 23, 2012 at John E. Stephens Chapel with Rev. John Stephens and Rev. Chris Vowell officiating. Burial was in Salem Cemetery with John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Collins, 61, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Anderson Regional Medical Center-North in Meridian. She was a seamstress for Jockey Apparel. She is a member of Crossway Community Church. Ms. Collins was preceded in death by her parents, James Joseph Palubicki & Edna Audrey Lofton Palubicki; husband, Milton Davis; daughter, Rebecca, Diane Davis; brother, Rural Dutch Scott Jr.; (2) Grandchildren;

Ms. Collins is survived by her companion, James Ardell Rowell of Union, Foster Mother, Bernice Lofton; daughter, Robin Elizabeth Rowell of Union, sons, Milton Dewayne Davis, Dennis Kelly Davis & Joel (Betty) Davis all of Union, sisters, Linda Miller & Sandra Plemmons both of North Carolina; brother, Ronnie Nickson; three grandchildren; host of nieces & nephews.

Pallbearers were Joe Rowell, Kenneth Thompson, Mike Fulton, Scotty Pinson, James Russell & Larry Fulton.

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Services for Roger L. Watson, were held May 23 at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Gene Higginbotham officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church near Little Rock, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Watson, age 83, of Little Rock, went to his eternal home on Monday, May 21t, at his home near Little Rock.

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Services for Sara Moreau were held Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Decatur United Methodist Church with burial in the State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton. Rev. Bruce Taylor officiated. Mrs. Moreau, 73, of Decatur, died Sunday, May 20, 2012 at her residence.

Survivors include: her husband 54 years, Henry “Hank” Barton Moreau of Decatur, two daughters: Ada Elizabeth Demlow and husband Jeff of Newnan, GA; Young Mi Doucet and husband Jonathan of Seattle, WA; four sons: Michael Arthur Moreau and wife Georgia of Belmont NC; Henry Otto Moreau II and wife Anabeth of Morton, Miss.; Barton Andrew Moreau and wife Leslie of Boise, Idaho; Chul Moreau of Seattle, WA; three granddaughters: Rachel Moreau, Sara Demlow, and Vida Doucet; five grandsons: Michael Moreau II, Peter Moreau, Jacob Demlow, Xavian Doucet, Henry Moreau II; a sister: Rachel Katzer; three brothers: William McGee, Joseph McGee, Eugene McGee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. McGee, one sister, Bettie Wolverton, and one brother J.C. McGee, Jr.

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emorial services for Levi “Bill” Richardson were held on Saturday, May 19th, 2012, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Officiating were Rev. Kermit Sharp and Rev. Dawn Flowers.

Mr. Richardson was born March 20, 1926 in Union. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He died Monday, May 14, 2012, at the Mississippi State Veteran’s Home in Kosciusko, Miss.

His parents, Joe and Alma Richardson, his brothers Marshall, Marvin, and Charles, and his sisters Sudie and Minnie preceded Mr. Richardson in death.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, five granddaughters, one great-granddaughter, and three great-grandsons.

Mr. Richardson donated his body to the University of Mississippi Body Donation Program. There will be no internment.

Obituaries June 2012

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Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth A. Burton were held held Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Ocobla Baptist Church with Rev. John Stephens officiating. Internment was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Burton, 74, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Laird Hospital in Union. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of services.

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Services for Mr. Billy C. Townsend were held Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Irby, Sr. officiating. Burial was held in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Lake with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Townsend, 67, of Newton, died May 21, 2012 at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

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Memorial Services for Ms. Joy. J. Bailey were held Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Sebastopol Baptist Church. Rev. Jay Clark officiated with burial in Sebastopol City Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her son, Jason Bailey and wife Shelly of Waynesboro, GA; and a niece, Jill J. Smith of Madison.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Sebastopol Baptist Church Building Fund.

Ms. Bailey was preceded in death by a son, Ken Bailey, and a daughter, Angie McClendon.

Ms. Joy Bailey was a member of Sebastopol Baptist Church.

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Graveside services for Mrs. A.Z. Lewis were on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Newton Masonic Cemetery with Rev. Ed Saunders officiating. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lewis, 95 of Newton, died Monday, June 4, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.

She was a homemaker and a member of Newton United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: her daughter: Dale Lewis Welch, and her husband, Paul C. Welch of Starkville; her granddaughter: Regina L. Welch of Tupelo; her grandson: Major James P. "Jamey" Welch, and his wife: Leslie Welch of Fort Irwin, CA; her great-grandchildren: Anna Dale Franks, Alla Kirklynn "Ally" Franks, Nicholas Allen Welch, and MacKayla Josephine Welch; her sister: Mamye Alice Weir Thames, and her husband, Reginald Thames of Decatur; and her brother: Jim Christie Weir, and his wife, Louise Weir of College Grove, Tenn., and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Henry Graves Lewis, Jr.; her parents: Levi E. Weir and Zelphia Mooney Weir; and her brothers: Waddie T. Weir, Levi E. Weir, Jr., and Davis Mooney Weir.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Newton United Methodist Church, 600 Decatur St., Newton, MS 39345.

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Funeral services for James L. Estes were held Friday, June 8, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home - North Chapel with Bro. Mark Vincent officiating. Burial was in Decatur Cemetery.  Newton County Funeral Home North, 9998 Hwy 15 North, Newton was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Estes, 71, of Decatur, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

He was a life long resident of Newton County, a devoted father, husband, uncle, brother, and Christian. He owned and operated Estes Barber Shop in Newton for 37 years. He enjoyed a wide variety of hobbies, most enjoyed giving his time to the children of his community. He was a Dixie Youth Baseball Coach and was known to many as "Coach Estes." Mr. Estes was instrumental in establishing the Dixie Youth Baseball Complex in Decatur and donated many weekends of his time to see that the children of his community would have a place to play his favorite sport.

He enjoyed woodworking and restoring antique furniture, hunting, fishing, and raising Quarter horses. He was a co-founder of the Mid Mississippi Beagle Club, and a former member of the Mississippi Army National Guard and a member of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church.

Mr. James is survived by his wife: Linda H. Estes of Decatur; two sons: Jeffery J. Estes of Pooler, GA and Ben A. (Janet) Estes of Little Rock; two grandsons: Grant and Garrett Estes; one sister: Joan (Gene) Loper of Decatur; two brothers: Curtis Estes of Decatur and Austin Estes of Dothan, AL

He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Mattie Boutwell Estes, and his siblings: Clarence, Mable, Billy, Thelma, Bernice, Clora, and Adrian.

Nephews served as pallbearers. Wayne Clanton and Gene Loper served as honorary pallbearers.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clarke- Venable Baptist Church, P.O. Box 308, Decatur, MS 39327, or a favorite charity. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Mr. John L. Johnson of Martinez, GA entered into rest Monday, June 4, 2012, Mr. John L. Johnson, age 89, husband of Imogene O. Johnson for 60 1/2 years.

John was born in Harperville, Miss. He was the son of William Harvey Johnson, Sr. and Lela Beasley Johnson. He grew up in Decatur, Miss. John graduated from Newton County Agricultural High School, East Central Junior College and then Mississippi State University. While serving in the Army he was in Co E 115th Infantry, 29th Division.

Family members in addition to his wife include his children, John Charles Johnson and Cynthia Joy Johnson; grandson, John Charles Johnson, Jr. (Jennifer); sister, Fannie Ruth Bush.

He was predeceased by his parents: W.H. Johnson, Sr. and Lela B. Johnson; and brother: Charles Rufus Johnson, W.H. Johnson, Jr.; step-mother: Mae Bunyard Johnson.
Services were held at Newton County Funeral Home North, 9998 Hwy 15 North, Newton, on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Memorial contributions may be made to Clark-Venable Baptist Church, P.O. Box 308 Decatur, MS 39327. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at
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Services for Ms. Hazel Anthony Heflin were held Sunday, June 10, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Union with burial in the Union City Cemetery, with Rev. Jon Martin and Rev. Eric Sharp officiating.

Ms. Heflin, 89, of Union, died Thursday, June 7, 2012 at her home.

Ms. Hazel was born on August 6, 1922, in Sebastopol, Mississippi, to Clay and Effie Anthony. She enjoyed her childhood friends and school experiences in Sebastopol. After graduation, she moved to Union where she met and later enjoyed 51 years of marriage to Billie A. Heflin. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she worked with the children’s Sunday School for many years. Her greatest joy was being surrounded by her family.

Survivors include: her daughter, Teresa Blount and her husband Robert of Union; her two grandsons, Bobby Blount and his wife Stephanie, and Jody Blount of Union. She had one loving great-granddaughter, Anna-Grace Blount of Union.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie, her parents, a sister, Clayton Grimes of Jackson, brothers, Bob Anthony of Clinton, Sturgis Anthony of Jackson, and Bill Anthony of Sebastopol.

Pallbearers were Joe Blount, Bennett Ware, Harold Cleveland, Ronnie Anthony, Hugh Rush, and Larry Driskell. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. J.G. Alexander and William Cassel.

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Funeral services for Ann E. Graham were held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Randall Creel officiating. Burial was in Hazel Cemetery. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Forest, was in charge of arrangements

Mrs. Graham, 78 of Lake, died Saturday,June 9, 2012. She enjoyed gospel and bluegrass music and reading. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and was famous for her egg pie. As long as her health was good, she enjoyed being around her grandchildren. She was a member of Hazel Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter: Melanie (Donnie) Beard of Heidelberg; her sons: Michael Graham, and Keith (Terri) Graham, both of Lake, and Karl Graham of New Freedom, PA; grandchildren: Amber (Ashley) Creel, Hope Beard, Josh Beard, Marla Graham, Devyn Graham,Dillon Graham, and Madison Graham ; great-Grandchildren: M'Kenzie Creel and Tenley Creel; brothers: James Wallace (Elizabeth) Pace of Collinsville; Herman Pace of Pearl and Thurman Pace of Union

She was preceded in death by her husband: Donald Graham; her parents Seth and Carrie Gibbs Pace; and her brother: Roger Pace.

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Sara Willis, 69 of Newton, died Monday, June 11, 2012 at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton. Funeral services were held Thursday , June 14, at Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel in Newton, with Bro. Greg Willis & Bro Paul Demoney officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Cemetery in Lawrence. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Hansel Willis, Newton, her son, Robert Keith Willis & wife Kathie, Okatie, SC; a daughter, Lisa Kay Gordy & husband Dennis, Newton; a daughter, Lee Ann Talbot & husband Brian, Louisville; a son, Mark Alan Willis and wife Robin, Decatur; a sister, Patty Sue Gibbs, Lawrence, a brother, Billy Valentine of Conehatta, five grandchildren and several nieces nephews.

She loved reading and to crochet and was a member of Lawrence Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents Elton Valentine and Myrtle Weaver Valentine. 

Pallbearers were Jacob Willis, Matthew Talbot, Eric Gordy, Chad Hillman , David Williams, & Shannon Bates. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Olen G. Giles, 93 of Pensacola, Fla. went to be with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on June 3, 2012. Mr. Giles was born in Decatur, Miss. on January 5, 1919. Funeral services were held at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church in Pensacola, Fla., on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. Burial followed at Bayview Memorial Park with Military and Masonic Honors.

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Funeral services for Faye Rigdon Chaney were held Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home - South Chapel with Bro. Justin Chaney, Bro. Jackie Strebeck, and Bro. Mark McDonald officiating. Burial was in Lebanon Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Chaney, 83, of Decatur, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 at her home. She was a Newton County native and a charter member of Grace United Baptist Church. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and her late husband, enjoyed traveling and camping with their friends.

Survivors include: two daughters: Julia Strebeck, and her husband, Bro. Jackie Strebeck, of Hickory; and Patsy Holyfield, and her husband, John, of Little Rock; one son: Eugene Chaney, and his wife, Wanda, of Decatur; grandchildren: Jeremy Chaney and his wife Brandi; Rev. Justin Chaney and his wife Jessica; Jennifer Moseley, and her husband, Brandon; Jessica Cooley, and her husband, Aaron; Michael Holyfield, and his wife, Karen; and Jenny Holyfield ; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters: Ruth Holt of Decatur and Marie Birch Artesia, NM.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Henry Grady Chaney; her father: George Allen Rigdon; and her mother: Virgie Overstreet Williams.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Chaney, Bro. Justin Chaney, Michael Holyfield, John Holyfield, Brandon Moseley, Aaron Cooley, Jerry Chaney, and Paul Frink.  Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Cooley, Peyton Chaney, Mason Cooley, Parker Chaney, Bethany Chaney, Jace Chaney, Harrison Chaney, Hank Holyfield, Hayden Holyfield, J.R. Addy, and Robbie Brown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Gideons International, Inc. , P.O. Box 297, Newton, MS 39345. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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On Saturday, June 9, 2012, Brenda Gayle Holmes, 61, died of congestive heart failure. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Edward Holmes III and her children, Edward Holmes IV and Bambi Holmes Dodge. She had 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. She was a devoted wife and mother.


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OLen G. Giles, 93 of Pensacola went to be with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on June 3, 2012.

He centered his life around his faith and his family. Mr. Giles was born in Decatur on January 5, 1919 and worked on his family's farm along with his five brothers and sisters. In high school he enjoyed performing in several school plays. He joined the Navy during WWII and became a Naval Aviator and served the Navy proudly for 20 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander.

He married Evelyn Hawkins on October 3, 1942 and together they enjoyed living in the new places where they were stationed while in the Navy. They were married for 48 years. After retiring from the Navy, Olen had a successful career with GEICO and helped develop the General Field Representative Program. One of Olen's greatest joys was meeting and helping people. He was a member of the Gadsden Street United Methodist Church for 40 years, the Rotary Club, the Sojourners and the Masons where he enjoyed the brotherhood and friendship from all of these associations. Olen's pride and joy was his family. With his patience, encouragement and support for his children, grandchildren and their families, he remained the rock of his family even during his final days. His example will always serve as inspiration for each of us.

Olen is preceded in death by his loving wife, Evelyn.

He is survived by his devoted daughter, Suzanne Giles-Martinez; his son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Karen Giles; and his grandsons Frederick Henry (Lori), Andrew Giles (Juliana), and Matthew Giles (Joan). He is also survived by a special nephew, Dr. William Spain; favorite niece, Mary Sula Bishop; and longtime friend, Virginia (Jean) Girdner.

Olen will be greatly missed by his family. His example of honesty, integrity and kindness is his legacy for his family and friends and he will be remembered lovingly.

Funeral services were at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 10 with Rev. Bobby Ellisor. Burial will follow at Bayview Memorial Park with Military and Masonic Honors. Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel was is in charge of arrangements.

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Elouise Jay Garvin, 88, of Newton, died Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Germantown, Tennessee, after a short illness.

She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church for many years before joining Liberty Baptist Church. She retired from La-Z-Boy South. She volunteered as a Pink Lady at Newton Regional Hospital, now known as Pioneer Community Hospital, for over twenty years and was very active at Liberty Baptist Church until recently.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Demar (Bo) Garvin of Newton, her parents Rubin Marion and Nina Walker Jay, her sister Elizabeth Tillman, and brothers Harlan, Lavell , Qunion , and Clyde Jay.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie Jean Garvin Brown and husband, James, of Navarre, Florida, and Barbara Sue Land and husband, Robert, of Germantown, Tennessee; and three brothers, Clois Jay of Orange, Texas, W.F. and Douglas Jay of Newton.

She is also survived by five grandchildren and their spouses, Bob and Sherrill Land, Lesley and Andrew Price, Ashley and David Mathias, Lisa and Joey Mull, and Terry and April Brown, as well as eleven great grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home - South Chapel, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, in Newton, Mississippi, with Rev. David Jay officiating. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.

Her nephews were pallbearers and the Pink Ladies from Pioneer Community Hospital were honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to Liberty Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, or the charity of choice.

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Services for Mr. Charles Hugh Morrow were held Friday, June 22, 2012 at Conehatta Baptist Church with burial in the Conehatta Methodist Cemetery. Rev. Tommy Anderson and Rev. Jimmy Jones officiated.

Mr. Morrow, 75, of Conehatta, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Rush Foundation Hospital of Meridian.

Mr. Morrow was a member of Conehatta Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, and Sunday School Teacher. He served in the National Guard. He worked at Miss. School for the Deaf. Mr. Morrow worked at La-Z-Boy, and was a driver for Blossman Gas. He was also a dairy farmer. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a true man of God.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years: Dorothy McDill Morrow of Conehatta, two daughters: Regina Morrow Hoover and husband Johnny of Conehatta and Lesia Morrow Taylor of Conehatta; five grandchildren: Donald Brian Taylor and wife Shannon, Charles Scott Taylor and wife Ellen, Jereme Charles Hoover, Kristin Taylor Clark and husband Jonathan, and Michael Olan Hoover and wife Shelia; 11 great grandchildren: Chelsea Elizabeth Taylor, Zackary Brian Taylor, William Cody Thaggard, Charles Reece Taylor, Baili Noelle Taylor, Chole Lane Taylor, Kadence Marie Hoover, Anna Leigh Clark, Zade Taylor Clark, Collin Michael Hoover, and Emma Claire Taylor; and two brothers: Kendall Morrow and Garry Morrow.

Mr. Morrow was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Morrow, son-in-law, Bro. Don Taylor, and brother, Harlan Morrow.

Pallbearers were Donald Brian Taylor , Charles Scott Taylor, Jereme Charles Hoover, Michael Olan Hoover, Zackary Brian Taylor, and Jonathan Kent Clark. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Reece Taylor, William Cody Thaggard, Zade Taylor Clark, and Collin Michael Hoover.

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Bro. Larry Don Smith, 65, of Union passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at his residence. Services were held Thursday, June 21 at John E. Stephens Chapel with burial in White Oak Cemetery in Philadelphia.

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Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Nolan Kirkland were held at Friday, June 22, 2012 from Pentecostals of House Church in the House Community with Rev. Barry Fulton & Rev. James Boswell officiating. Stephens Chapel Funeral was in charge of services. Mr. Kirkland, 82, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at his residence.

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Services for Mr. Jewel Cook were held Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home of Union with Rev. Jimmy Jones and Rev. Tommy Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia,  at 3 p.m. eastern standard time, on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

Mr. Cook, 84, of Conehatta, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Rush Foundation Hospital. Mr. Cook was a member of Conehatta Baptist Church. He was a photographer of Conehatta Community Club and also retired from Lockheed-Martin after 38 years. He was a Godly, loving, husband and father. To know him was to love him.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbye Mitchell Cook, two sons: Eldridge Jewel Cook, Jr. and wife Rhonda of Birmingham, AL, and Paul Cook of East Point, GA; two sisters: Venola Blackburn of Birmingham, Al, and Jessie Shows of Birmingham, AL, a brother, Carl Cook of Denver, CO; a stepson, Van Mitchell and wife Linda of Ft. Myers, FL; a stepdaughter, Kawanna Taylor and husband Greg of Richland, and a host of step grandchildren and great greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Cook, and two brothers, Lonzell and Aaron Cook. He was survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Honorary pallbearers will be the men of his Sunday School class.

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Billy Joe Hennington, 69, of Louin, died Saturday, June 2, 2012 at his residence. Funeral services were held at June 5, 2012 at Colonial Chapel in Bay Springswith Rev. Keith Ulmer conducting the services. Burial was in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Bay Springs was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hennington was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping,gardening,training and riding horses and outside work in general. He was also an excellent cook.

He was preceded in death by his father, Chester D. Hennington and a brother, Ronnie Hennington.

Survivors include his mother, Mildred Hennington of Quitman, his wife, Ruby Bishop Hennington of Louin, his son, Joseph M. Hennington(Amy) of Union, ,and two brothers, Buddy Hennington(Rene)

of Lake Eddins and Tommy Hennington of Laurel, and two sisters, Betty Hennington and Nellie Harper(Charles) of Quitman, and a host of nieces and nephews; grandchildren:Tiffany Ferguson(Richie), Jessie Hennington, Walker Hennington, and Hunter Hennington and one great grandchild, Maddex Ferguson.

Pallbearers were Fred Hennington, Ted Hennington Richie Smith, Wiley Phillips, Marcus Evans ,Tracy Wright ,Phillip Gray, and Billy Gray. Honorary pallbearers were Willard Bishop, Buddy Hennington and Tommy Hennington.

Funeral services for James D. “Dump” Blackburn were held Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel with Pastor Becky Smith officiating. Burial was in the Conehatta Methodist Church Cemetery with Newton County Funeral Home – North Chapel, 9998 Hwy 15 N, Newton, in charge of arrangements.

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Services for Mr. C. David Crenshaw were held June 26, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Darrel Blankenship and Rev. Jimmy Parker officiated.

Mr. Crenshaw, 63, of Pearl, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in Brockville, Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Crenshaw was a member of Springs of Praise, Crystal Springs, Miss. Words can speak volumes about a person, but a life lived speaks louder. For those of us who were privileged to know Dave, we know how loud his life has spoken. About his belief in God, his life spoke the loudest. He continuously studied the Word, spent time in prayer, and wanted to be a man that was pleasing to God -just another David with a heart after God. Dave was devoted to his wife, Sybil, of 16 years.

When Sybil and Dave decided to meet for the first time, both felt God was up to something. Sybil’s first question was, “What are your intentions?” Dave answered by saying, “Well, I thought we would spend some time together and see how that worked out, and then we would get married.” She said, “Yes!” The words “I love you” did not pass his lips often, but were spoken loudly by his actions. Sybil says, “Show me a happy wife and I will show you a great husband!!! And since October 23, 1995, I have been that happy wife.”

Together they traveled, spent quality time with family, and formed strong bonds with friends.Though he spent many days on the road driving for Ergon, Dave took the time to stay connected with friends and family. Not only did he call just to “catch up” but he remembered birthdays, anniversaries, and any other important dates. His phone calls would come at just the right time; he would pass along a book or CD to someone who needed exactly what was shared; he would walk up to someone who was hurting, tears in his eyes, not speaking, but nodding his head that he understood. He made people laugh without trying, was a great storyteller, and a fun, practical joker.

To know Dave was to love him and those who did will feel his absence from this life but are rejoicing for him and his great fortune in his eternal life, for we know the Lord has prepared Dave an awesome place of rest. You will be missed by all, My Sweetie, but we would not deny you the joy of being welcomed home by Jesus, the Saviour you loved. You have a well deserved retirement and rest from your journey in this life. (Maybe I misunderstood; I thought we were retiring together!) All is well, All is well, All is well!!!!

Survivors include his devoted wife, Sybil Wyatt Crenshaw of Pearl; two daughters: Desiree Crenshaw of Jackson and Joyce Williams Huskey and husband Philip of Ridgeland; three sons, Derek Crenshaw of Richland, Brian Flynt and wife Sonya of Hamilton, Chris Flynt of Jackson; his mother: Hilda Crenshaw of Dixon; five grandchildren, Gabe Brookshire, Zachery Flynt, Brison Flynt, AnnDee Huskey, and Array Huskey, two sisters, Linda Joyce and husband John of Fairhope, AL, and Claudia Smith and husband Ricco of Dixon, his sister-in-law, Diane Crenshaw of Pete Beach, Florida, and several nieces, nephews, and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his father, Doc Crenshaw and one brother, Dennis Crenshaw.

Pallbearers were Bryan Holley, Josh Holley, Jay Wyatt, Oree Wyatt, Larry McAlpin, and Chris Beauvais In lieu of flowers family request that memorials be made to Springs of Praise to purchase Bibles.

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Services for Mr. Doyle “Blue” Watkins were held June 26th, 2012 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel in Sebastopol. Bro. Jerry Poole officiated with burial in the Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Watkins, 64, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2012 at Anderson Hospital in Meridian.

Obituaries July 2012

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Services for Annette Ozborn Fulton were held on Friday, June 29, at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel in Union, with Rev. Paul Ninemaire and Rev. Bobby Jack Henley officiating. Burial followed in the Union City Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Fulton, age 78, went to her eternal home on Monday, June 25, at Regency Hospital in Meridian.

Survivors include her daughter, Ann Fulton, one sister, Johnie Rue Anderson, two cousins Muriel Crenshaw and Polly Gordon, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Wallace Fulton.

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Services for Mr. Robert Charles Winstead were held Friday June 29, 2012 at the Union City Cemetery. Mr. Winsteaed, 73, of Madison, passed away Tuesday June 26, 2012 at his residence in Madison. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

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Services for Mr. Buck Terrell were held Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Johnny Mullinax and Rev. Tod Thompson officiated.

Mr. Terrell, 92, of Union, died Monday, July 9, 2012 at his residence.

Mr. Terrell was a member of Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Verna Lee Terrell, two sons, Charles Terrell of Union and Bruce Terrell and wife Janet of Union, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one sister, Frances Smith of Decatur.

Mr. Terrell was preceded in death by three brothers, Bob Terrell, Bill Terrell, and Jim Terrell.

Pallbearers were his grandsons and great grandsons: Brian Terrell, Aaron Terrell, Todd Terrell, Gardner Minshew, Josh Terrell, and Hunter Terrell. Honorary pallbearer was his grandson, Tony Terrell.Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

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Services for Ms. Johnnie Mae Hilton were held on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at Congregation C.O.G.I.C. in Union, with Rev. Viverette officiating. Burial was followed in the Greater Rose Hill Church Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Hilton, 84, passed away Friday, June 29, 2012 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

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Imogene Dockery Grady, 77 of Newton, died Monday, July 9, 2012 at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton. Funeral services were held July 13, 2012 at Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel in Newton with Rev. Bobby Holder officiating. Burial was in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Grady loved Gospel Singing, fishing, and visiting and playing with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Watkins & husband Mike of Newton, Donna Cobb & husband Jerry, Hattiesburg, and Sherrie McGill andhusband S.A. Gunter, of Indian Shores, FL; a son, Marshall McGill & wife Danna of Redmond WA, a sister: Carline Dewitt of Rossville, GA; grandchildren: Mandy Melaun, Dusty McGill, Crystal May, Jared Cobb, and Michael Watkins, two great grandchildren, Issabella Melaun and Ayden May, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ned Grady, parents, Homer & Hazel Dockery, a grandson: Jake Cobb, three brothers and two sisters.

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Services for Mr. Truman Lavell Smith were held Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Providence Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jackie Strebeck officiated with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Smith, 71, of Chunky, died Monday, July 9, 2012 at Jeff Anderson Hospital.

Mr. Smith was a member of Providence Baptist Church for 41 years.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Wydell Smith of Chunky, mother, Lorene Smith of Little Rock, four brothers, Cleveland Smith of Decatur, R.D. Smith and wife Elizabeth of Chunky, Jackie Smith and wife Debra of Little Rock, and Wendell Smith and wife Penny of Little Rock, five sisters, Betty Kilpatrick of Little Rock, Tommy Sue Butts of Chunky, Autrice Patterson of Little Rock, Gale Haygood and husband Donnie of Chunky, Retha Hillman and husband Richard of Chunky, and one brother-in-law, James Brooks of Chunky, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy C. Smith of Little Rock and sister, Quanice Simmons of Little Rock.

Pallbearers were George Dean, Steve Cross, David Alexander, Robert Alexander, Eugene Alexander, Andrew Cooley, Jerry Todd, Samuel McCloud, and Travis Coate.

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Graveside Services for Jessie Gentry were held Friday, May 25 at the Newton County Veterans Cemetery in Newton, with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Gentry, 71, of Little Rock, died Tuesday, May 22, at Laird Hospital in Union.

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Services for Mr. J. Harold Willis were held at Macedonia Revival Center on Sunday, July 15, 2012 with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Willis, 88, passed away July 11, 2012 at Neshoba County Nursing Home. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

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Linda ‘Jo’ Tierce, 68, of Forest, Miss., died Saturday July 7, 2012 at Rush Specialty Hospital in Meridian. Memorial services were held July 12, 2012 at 11:00 at All Seasons Worship Center in Forest with Brother Lott officiating.

Survivors include her daughters, Lachelle Moss and husband, David of Little Rock, Angelica Tuminski and husband Mike of Denham Springs, La., Tammy Tierce of Alexandria, La., stepdaughters Tonya Ball and Henry of Lake, Miss. and Jerri Watkins and Hubert Atkinson of Carthage, Miss., nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

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Funeral services for Joy Nell Evans were held Friday, July 13, 2012 at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Garvin officiating. Burial was in Zion Hill Cemetery. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Bay Springs was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Evans , 81 of Newton, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at her home.

Joy was a homemaker and helped operate the family farm in Garlandville. While her daughters were in high school, she never missed a sporting event or school competition they were involved in. She enjoyed traveling, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Forbin Lee and Annie Montgomery Hendry; two brothers: Forbin Hendry and Medford Hendry; and one sister: Joan Roberts.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years: Fletcher Evans of Garlandville; two daughters: Stacey Evans and Felicia (Brian) Pilgrim, both of Louin; one granddaughter: Saige Pilgrim of Tuscaloosa, AL; two grandsons: Colby Pilgrim and Logan Pilgrim, both of Louin; two brothers: Jimmy (Connie) Hendry of Bay Springs and Jerry G. (Frances) Hendry of Stringer; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Rance Ulmer, Dr. Eddie Ulmer, Tommy Williams, Parham Tullos, Logan Pilgram, and Colby Pilgram.

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Dr. Robert L. Tumey, Sr., 81, of Little Rock, went to his eternal home on July 16, 2012, to be with his Savior Jesus Christ.

Dr. Tumey was born in Austin, Texas, on December 16, 1930. He spent his life as a Chiropractor Doctor until his retirement. He also served his country in the U S Navy.

Stephens Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Obituaries August 2012

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Memorial Services for Ms. Peggy Usery Ferguson will be held at a later date. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Ferguson, 58, of Union, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at her residence.

Survivors include three daughters, Jamie Russell of Union, Brittany Jolly and husband Scott of Kosciusko, and Emily Ferguson of Union; three grandchildren, Mia Wells, Alexis and C.J. Jolly; three brothers, Gene Usery, Jerry Edwards, James Edwards, and her father, George Usery of Long View, Texas.

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Services for Mr. John E. “Bo” Pinson were held Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Lin Chesney, Rev. Mike Truhett, and Rev. Larry Duncan officiated with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Pinson, 82, of Little Rock, died July 24, 2012, at Jeff Anderson Regional Hospital.

Survivors of Mr. Pinson are his wife of 42 years, Glenda Pinson of Little Rock; a son, Stan Pinson and wife Diane of Lake; a daughter, Pam Skinner of Little Rock; two grandsons, Gabe Skinner, Chad Wilkerson and wife Mandy; four granddaughters, Michelle Neill and husband Rick, Crystal Seigrist and husband William, Tiffany Skinner and husband Aaron, Heather Smith and husband Gene; and 10 great grandchildren.

Mr. Pinson was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Pinson; a son, Wade Pinson; his parents, Clinton and Lunie Pinson; a brother, Durwood Pinson; and a son-in-law, James Skinner.

Pallbearers were Ricky Goforth, Burlon Russell, Evan Pinson, Paul Goforth, Bobby Brantley, and Reggie McKey

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Charles Aaron Shepherd, 89 of Rose Hill, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at his residence in Rose Hill, Miss. Funeral services were held July 29 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Bro. Steve Pouncey officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Shepherd was a WWII Air Force veteran serving from 1942 to 1945. He earned 51 combat-mission credits as an engineer/ tail-gunner aboard the B-24 Bombers of the 718th Squadron, flying against targets in Central and Eastern Europe. He was a member of the 449th Bomb Group Veterans Association. He was a lifetime resident of Rose Hill, Miss. He was one of the first catfish farmers in Mississippi and delivered fish all over the southeastern states. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and he loved to hunt and fish.

Survivors Include his wife of 64 years, Adell Starnes Shepherd of Rose Hill; a daughter, Leah Shepherd Chatham and husband Dennis of Rose Hill, a son, George Shepherd and wife Diane of Rose Hill; seven grandchildren, Rick Goode, Jessica Chatham, Aaron Kilgore, Keith Shepherd, Angie (Dean) Blount, Ken (Shannon) Chatham, Brannan (Charles) Daniel; seven great-grandchildren, Riley Kilgore, Rachel Blount, Todd Blount, Steven Shepherd, Bennett Chatham, Patrick Chatham, Justin Chatham; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Shepherd and Mary Annie Harper Shepherd; a daughter, Mary Ann Shepherd Kilgore; a grandson, Charles Aaron Kilgore; eight brothers, Fred Shepherd, Joda Shepherd, Walter C. Shepherd, Joe E. Shepherd, Tom Shepherd, Oscar Shepherd, Lawrence H. Shepherd, Jessie Shepherd; and three sisters, Hettie Harris, Leah Bradshaw, and Lena Byrd.

Honorary pallbearers were Fred Starnes, Edwin Sandifer, David Morris, Billy Walker, Jimmy Walker, and Freddy Harris. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Youth Fund. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Funeral services for W. C. Chapman Sr. were held Friday, July 27, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church in Newton with Bro. Gary Felton officiating. Burial was in the Newton County Memorial Gardens. Newton County Funeral Home North was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Chapman, Sr., 71 of Newton, died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

He was a 32nd Mason, a member of the Evergreen Lodge at Decatur and a Shriner at the Hamasa Temple in Meridian. He enjoyed being around people, especially being the "exiter" at Walmart in Newton. Most people knew him as "Cowboy." He loved camping, motorcycles, fishing, skiing, and most of all his family. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. He loved life in general and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife of over 53 years, Laverne Williams Chapman of Newton; his children, Tanja Chapman, and her fiance' Thierry De Cort of Covington, La.; Tonja Chapman of Newton, William C. "Chuck" Chapman of Newton, and Teresa Reeves and her husband, Michael of Decatur; six grandchildren, Wendie Mangum of Decatur, Tasha Shimfessel and Cody Buckley, both of Chunky, Jessica Ryan Chapman of Leesburg, Fla., Jeremy Ryan Buckley of Hickory, Rebekah Hope Buckley of Decatur; four great-grandchildren, Myles Mangum and Max Mangum, both of Decatur, Evan Isaiah Shimfessel and Raya Star Dillard, both of Enterprise; three sisters, Dot Gould of Newton, Ruby Smith of Jackson and Nell Howard of Pottsville, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Estelle Barrett Chapman; and one grandchild, William Drake Chapman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 110 Ford Ave., Newton, MS 39345 or Evergreen Masonic Lodge. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Irene Hogue Smith of Union were held at Rock Creek Baptist Church Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Ms. Smith,61, died Saturday July 28, 2012, at Rush Hospital.

Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Ward of Union, Elizabeth Putnam of Sebastopol, Linda Holton and husband Michael of Lake, Betty Ann Mayes and husband Justin of Decatur; two sons, James Russell and wife Patricia of Union, and Eugene Smith and wife Heather of Union; her mother, Merlene Hogue; 22 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Cindy Collins of Union, Janice Griffin and husband Junior of Union; two brothers, Tommy Hogue and wife Kathy of Union, and Ricky Hogue and wife Wanda of Meridian; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ms. Smith was preceded in death by her father, Leroy Hogue; one grandson, Timothy Ward; and one son-in-law, Bryan Putnam.

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Milton “Red” Cross Thornton, 85 of Decatur, died Friday, July 27, 2012, at Specialty Hospital in Meridian. Funeral services were held Monday, July 30, 2012, at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur with Bro. Mark Vincent officiating. Internment followed in Newton County Memorial Gardens in Newton with Newton County Funeral Home North, in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Thornton was a Member of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church and also a retired deacon and a member of Newton County Gideons Association. He was considered a hobby farmer and loved caring for his donkeys.

His survivors include his wife, Marian C. Thornton of Decatur; two sisters, Virginia Hand of Lawrence and Mildred McKay of Pelahatchie; one brother, Paul Thornton of Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henton W. and Virginia Smith Thornton; a sister, Charlotte Schlaifer; and a brother, Curtis Thornton.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Newton County Gideons Association.

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Funeral services for William “Tezzie” McCann Jr. were held at Corinth M.B. Church on July 28, 2012. Dunlap and Thames Funeral Home, LLC, was in charge of arrangements.

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Funeral services for James J. Gregory will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home - North Chapel with Bro. Jack Giles officiating. Visitation will be 9:30-10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.Burial will be in Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Fearns Springs Community, Winston County, Miss.

Mr. Gregory, 90, of Decatur, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Lackey Memorial Hospital.

Newton County Funeral Home North, 9998 Hwy. 15 North, Newton is in charge of arrangements.

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Services for Johnnie Anderson were held July 25, 2012, at Clarke Venable Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Vincent officiating. Burial followed in Decatur Cemetery with Newton County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Anderson, 87, of Decatur died Sunday, July 22, at Bedford Care Center in Newton.

She was a native of Philadelphia and a longtime resident of Decatur. She taught business courses for 25 years. Mrs. Anderson also worked at ESCO for 21 years. She was a member of Clarke Venable Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Thomas James Anderson; two sons, Mike Anderson and wife Kathy, Max Anderson and wife Pat, both of Decatur; four grandchildren, Jennifer Pierce and husband Robbie of Brandon, Ty Anderson and wife Ashley of Decatur, Blair Comans and husband Kody of Decatur, Dru Dilley and husband Jess of Crystal Springs; six great-grandchildren, Britt, Bree, and Bella Pierce; Addie Grace and Hayes Anderson; Clark Comans; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Birdie Rae Van Hooser; two brothers, James Van Hooser and Hugh Van Hooser; and an infant son, Mark Anderson.

Pallbearers for the service were grandsons and nephews. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to Clarke Venable Baptist Church. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com.

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Services for Mr. Robert Hillhouse of Newton were held Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Masonic Cemetery in Newton. Rev. Rusty Walton officiated.

Mr. Hillhouse, 92, of Newton, died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include three daughters, Martha Lois Sharp and husband Edd of Philadelphia, Rebecca Denning and husband Robert of Bushwood, Maryland, Jan Addy and husband Charles of Decatur; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; two sisters: Pearl McGee of Lake and Mary Ruth Dennis of Lake; four brothers, Edward Hillhouse of Maben, David Hillhouse of Decatur, Homer Mitchell Hillhouse of Stinnett, Texas, Cecil Hillhouse of Leaksville; three stepchildren, Brenda Gail Hendrix and husband Mike of Brownsville, Tenn., Larry Wayne Sills and wife Angela of Forest, Jerry Lynn Sills of Brownsville, Tenn.

Mr. Hillhouse is preceded in death by two wives, Elnora Hillhouse and Jewel Hillhouse; one son, Johnny Ray Hillhouse Sr.; three brothers, Marvin Hillhouse, Ralph Hillhouse and Leon Hillhouse; two infant brothers; and one step-son, Charles Barry Sills.

Pallbearers were Scott Massey, Johnny Hillhouse, Danny Sharp, David Reed, Gerald Maggard, and Dillon Wilson.

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Services for Mrs. Leetry “Pete” Boykin were held Aug. 4, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Sebastopol. Rev. Dalton McKee and Rev. C.M. Jinkerson officiated with burial at Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Boykin, 91, of Conehatta, died Thursday Aug. 2, 2012, at her residence.

Survivors include two daughters, Leona McKee of Union and Nancy Rhodes of Conehatta; a son, Bennie David Boykin and wife Annette of Conehatta; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great- great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Boykin is preceded in death by her husband Benny Dewel Boykin; a son, Carol Boykin; and a granddaughter, Melissa Comans.

Pallbearers were Carmon Comans, Adam Boykin, Albert Boykin, Joe Bell, Ed Monk, Chad Morrow, Scott Taylor, and Reece Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were Nick McKee, David McKee, and Tommy Rhodes.

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Services for James Clayton were held Friday, July 27, 2012, at Triumph Church with Elder Andrew George, officiating. Burial was held in Spring Hill Cemetery, Montrose, with Clark Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Clayton, 58, of Rose Hill, died July 20, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton.

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Services for Hester Lee Henderson were held Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Pleasant Grove. Dunlap and Thames Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Walter Franklin Bray, 83, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at his residence in Chunky.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Chunky United Methodist Church with Bro. Hiram Coker and Bro Gerald Chaney officiating. Burial was in Chunky Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home North, Hwy 15 North was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bray loved working outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, and woodworking.

Mr. Bray is survived by his wife, Imogene Davis Bray of Chunky; four daughters, Brenda Joyce Harris and husband Herbert Lee of Hickory, Pamela Jo Hensley and husband Jim of Mobile, Ala.; Linda Joy Cavenaugh and husband Rick of Chunky, Tina Jean Grimes and husband Tony of Chunky; a sister, Gail Spitler of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren, Adam Cavenaugh and wife Donna of Hickory, Daniel Grimes of Starkville, Joy Scott and husband Brooks of Purvis, Jared Cavenaugh and Erica of Little Rock, Cameron Grimes of Chunky; three great grandsons, Tyler Cavenaugh of Hickory, Brighton Cavenaugh of Little Rock, Brady Scott of Purvis; several nieces and nephews; and a beloved pet, Jasper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter F. Bray Sr., and Bertha O'Neal Myer; and a granddaughter, Eve Bailey.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Adam Cavenaugh, Daniel Grimes, Jared Cavenaugh, Cameron Grimes, and Brooks Scott; and in-laws, Herbert Lee Harris, Jim Hensley, Rick Cavenaugh, and Tony Grimes. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Clark and Johnny Russell.

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Services for Joan Taylor were held on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Newton Memorial Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Taylor, age 71, of Philadelphia, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, near Philadelphia.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice.

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Angel Brown, 42, a resident of Lawrence, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at her residence. Visitation was held at Wolf Funeral Services in Lake on Sunday, Aug. 12, and Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in the chapel and burial will follow in the Pine Ridge Baptist Cemetery in Lawrence. Officiating was Dr. Leon Everett and Rev. Larry Laird. Wolf Funeral Services in Lake, was in charge of arrangements.

Angel had lived most of her life in Lake, and she was a member of Pine Ridge Baptist Church in Lawrence. She was a 1988 graduate of Lake High School and received a degree in Cosmetology from ECCC. She loved fishing, reading, writing and going to movies.

She was preceded in death by her father, John A. Brown. She is survived by her mother, Annie Brown of Lawrence; one brother, David Brown of Decatur; four nieces, Hope Brown, Faith Brown, Cheyenne Brown, and Dakota Brown; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers were Ricky Brown, Scotty Brown, Bobby Brown, Jr., Edwin Clark, Ken Crosby, and Mark Crosby. Honorary pallbearer was Heath Swinson. You may leave a condolence or light a memory candle by visiting our website at www.wolffuneralservices.com.

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Visitation for Jeffery Scott Plummer was held Aug. 14, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol. Burial will be held in Florida at a later date.

Plummer, 47, of Sebastopol, died Aug. 11, 2012, in Philadelphia.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Plummer of Sebastopol; a son, Samuel Smart; three brothers, John Plummer, Joe Plummer, Jay Plummer; a sister, Jill Casselton-Clark; and his parents, John and Lillian Plummer of Okeechobee, Fla.

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Nancy L. Viverette, 73, a resident of Lake, died Aug. 16, 2012, at Anderson Hospital in Meridian. Burial was in the Salem Baptist Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Ken McLemore and Rev. David Jay. Wolf Funeral Services in Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Nancy had lived most of her life in Lake and she was a member of First Baptist Church of Lake. She was a member of the Charity Sunday School Class and the Rose Garden Club. She loved to play the organ and piano and was the organist at her church for many years.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Clint Simmons Jr., the father of her children; her second husband, Bobby J. Viverette; son, John Clint Simmons, III; daughter, Cindy Simmons Monk.

She is survived by daughter, Lee Simmons Carmichael of Newton; brother, Travis G. Hollingsworth Jr. of Beaufort, S.C.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

You may leave a condolence or light a memory candle by visiting our website at www.wolffuneralservices.com.

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Lewis Earl Everett Sr., 77 of Newton, died Aug. 1, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton. Funeral services were held Aug. 3, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home - South Chapel with Dr. Brian Rushing officiating. Burial was in the Mississippi State Veterans Cemetery in Newton.

He was a native of Newton County, and he enjoyed gardening, farming, and tending to cattle. He was retired from La-Z-Boy South and a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Newton. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and caring for his pets.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Joyce E. Everett of Newton; two sons, Lewis Earl Everett Jr. of Meridian and Doug Everett of Newton; one daughter, Missy Everett (Kenny) Leathers of Mason, Ohio; three grandchildren, Will, Kate, and Scott Leathers, all of Mason, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Marvin and Burnett Dean Everett; and one sister, Helen Turbeville.

Pallbearers were Doug Kelly, Bob Williams, Kevin Montgomery, Marty Turbeville, Will Leathers, and Jeff Vance. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station P.O. Box 4777 New York, NY 10163-4777 or to the Gideons International, Inc. P.O. Box 297 Newton, MS 39345.

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Ella Virginia Beach Garner, 92 of Little Rock, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at Bedford Care Center in Newton. Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Oakey's Funeral Service Chapel in Roanoke, Va., with burial in the Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Roanoke, Va. Newton County Funeral Home North, Hwy 15 North, Newton, and Oakey’s Funeral Service, 318 Church Avenue, Roanoke, Va., were in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Rexine Laird and husband Roger of Little Rock, Mary I. Arena and husband John of Del Ray Beach , Fla.; a son, Walter L. Garner III and wife Sharon of White Marsh, Va.; and two brothers, Byron Beach and Bud Beach.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Oscar Beach and Nora Clara Blackwell Beach; and her husband, Walter L. Garner Jr.

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Mr. Isaac Lamar Blalock, Sr. was born on June 15, 1964, to Bunyon and Barbara Blalock at Newton Hospital.

He was the oldest of four children. He died at his home on Aug. 8, 2012. God-fearing, caring, kind, humble, lively, warm, bubbly, loving, compassionate, honest, dependable, unselfish, trustworthy, provider, son, brother, husband and father. These are just a few words that describe Isaac. Isaac joined Greenwood M.B. Church at an early age and served faithfully until death. He served as a deacon, treasury of the church expense and a member of the choir. Isaac was a graduate of Decatur High School (1982) and East Central Community College (1984) in Decatur. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi (1989) in Hattiesburg, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology.

While at the University of Southern Mississippi, Isaac became a member of the Masonic family.

Isaac met Pricilla Sims and they were united in Holy Matrimony on March 20, 1993. To this union three children were born: Isaac, Jr. (16 years old), Spencer Thomas (12 years old), and Joshua Javis (7 years old). They will forever cherish his memory. Isaac worked several years at Brooks Manufacturing in Union, Lazy Boy South in Newton, and was most recently working at Unipress in Forest.

Those gone before Isaac include his loving father, Bunyon Lamar Blalock Sr.; maternal grandparents, Isaac and Lillie Haynes; and paternal grandparents Quilla and Zula Blalock.

He leaves a loving mother, Barbara Blalock; two brothers, Keith (Marian) Blalock of Rio Vista, Calif., and Lamar (Patsy) Blalock of Decatur; one sister, Lillian (Leroy) Coleman of Decatur; three nieces, Jazalyn, Janae and Layla; five nephews, Keith Jr., Javis, Jeremiah, Tre, and Langston.

Because he was the first-born grandson into the Haynes family, Isaac was adored and will be missed by his aunts, Selma (Willie) Sanders of Lansing, Mich., and Ikie (Walt) Beamon of Crestview, Fla. He also leaves his Uncle Billie (Minnie) Blalock of Decatur; aunts, Lucy Lake of St. Louis, Mo., Lottie (Al) Hall of Alexandria, Va., and Ruby Fudge of Memphis, Tenn.; father-in-law Thomas (Gwen) Sims of Meridian; his second "father and mother" Joe (Dorothy) Autman of Collinsville; and a host of cousins and friends.

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Luvie Dee "Lou" Bankston, 90 of Batesville, formerly of Newton, died Aug. 25, 2012, at her home in Batesville. Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel with Bro. Mark Moore and Bro. William Savell officiating. Burial was in Newton County Memorial Gardens. Newton County Funeral Home North, 9998 Hwy. 15 North, Newton is in charge of arrangements.

Luvie Dee Bankston was born Aug. 16, 1922, in Neshoba County, Mississippi, where she grew up as the oldest of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Smith's six children.

Mrs. Bankston is a graduate of County Line School and a former member of the Golden Grove Baptist Church, now known as Enon Church. She was known to family and friends, as Lou, and she was often affectionately called "Miss Lou" by her husband.

She married William Stafford Bankston of Neshoba County in September 1942. They had two daughters, Beverly and Deloris. Mrs. Bankston was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. After living in Union until 1951, she and her family became residents of Mobile, Ala., and Newton.

Due to age and health conditions, she and her husband moved to Batesville in 2005, to live near their daughter. In Mobile, Mrs. Bankston was a member of Sage Avenue Baptist Church, and she remained a member of the First Baptist Church in Newton until death. At both churches, she served as a preschool Sunday School teacher.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, William Stafford Bankston of Batesville, formerly of Newton; her two daughters and their husbands, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Ferrell of Batesville and Mr. and Mrs. John Linam of Jonesborough, Tenn. She also has four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren all of whom live in Memphis, Tenn., and Northern Virginia. In addition she has one surviving brother, Bobby Smith of Union and two surviving sisters, Mrs. Mazell Hicks of Vicksburg and Mrs. Imongene Hataway of Canton.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Benny and Hettie Emma Musgrove Smith; one brother, Dewitt Smith of Union; and an infant sister, Ima Ruth Smith.

Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Isadora Johnson were held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. George Smith, officiating. Burial was in church cemetery with Clark Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Johnson, 56, of Newton died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at Rush Hospital in Meridian.

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Services for Lorraine Dukes were held on Aug. 24, 2012, at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Dwayne Bingham officiating. Dunlap and Thames Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries September 2012

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Services for Mrs. Frances Haik Jordan were held Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church with burial in the Decatur City Cemetery. Rev. Mark Vincent and Dr. Stan Buckley officiated.

Mrs. Jordan, of Decatur, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Mrs. Frances Haik Jordan, formerly of 4105 20th St. Meridian, Mississippi, was very active in all parts of East End Methodist Church, having served as president of the Sussanah Wesley Sunday School Class, superintendent of the Children’s Department and other areas.

She married Charles L. (Sonny) Jordan in 1975 and they resided in Decatur. She is a member of Clark-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur, where she has served as president of her Sunday School class, hostess, publicist chairman and assembly leader. Mrs. Jordan is past matron of Oakland Heights Chapter #241 Order of the Eastern Star, Meridian. She later became a member of Decatur Chapter #195, where she served as Worthy Matron of the Chapter many times. She served as the Grand Ruth of the Grand Chapter of the State of Mississippi, Grand Representative of Oklahoma and as Grand Representative to Iowa in Mississippi. She was selected “Mom” of the Delta Chi Chapter of Phi Kappa Fraternity in 1963 and “Mom” of the Deb Social Club in 1965. She was active in many various civic and athletic projects. She was vice president of the Girl Scouts of America and served on the Mental Health Board of Meridian, Mississippi.

She was a member of B&PW Clubs, a member of the National Association of Bank Women, Inc., a member of the Bank Adminstration Institute, Pilot Club, Meridian Little Theatre, Meridian Little Theatre Guild, past board member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, member of the Chamber of Commerce of Meridian and Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce in Decatur. She also served on the Red Cross Board, on other chairmanships, including the United Way. Mrs. Jordan was chosen as Decatur’s "Citizen Of The Year" in 2009. Sonny and Frances Jordan were also named “Family of the Year” by the Jaycess and Jacettes of Decatur.

Mrs. Jordan served for 20 years as vice-president and business development officer of Peoples Bank of Mississippi, N.A. and worked out of the Meridian Office. Later, after retiring, she and her husband Sonny were employed by Barham Funeral Home of Newton County for 4 ½ years.

Mrs. Jordan is survived by one daughter, Braxie Ann Haik and grandson Daniel Haik of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by one son, Mac Haik and wife Sunny; grandson, Heath Haik; granddaughter, Amber Kennedy and husband Chris; and great-granddaughter, Chloe Michel Kennedy, all of Houston, Texas; a step grandson, Brandon Poynter and wife Karen of Missouri City, Texas; step great-grandsons, Blaine Poynter, Alec Poynter; and step great- granddaughter, Kasey Poynter, all of Missouri City, Texas; a step grandson, Tommy Poynter and wife Cindy of Sugarland, Texas; step great-grandsons, Reid Poynter and Kent Poynter of Sugarland, Texas; a step grandson, Kevin Poynter and wife Denise of Houston, Texas; step great-grandsons, Austin Poynter, Peyton Poynter, Dylan Poynter, all of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by three stepchildren, Jeanine Hamilton and husband Frank and daughter Jori of Lexington, North Carolina, Mark Jordan and wife Sue and children Stacey and Jeremy of Gautier, Chuck Jordan and wife Ginny and children Charlie, Claire, and Laura Lee, of Florida.She is survived by one great niece, Melanie Brown and family; one great nephew, Micheal Brown and family of Louisiana; a cousin, Susie Poss of Jackson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Jessie and Lee Colbert; and one sister, Millie Hudgins and niece, Mary Brown. Mr. Joe Haik was the father of her children, who passed away June 6, 1964, in Meridian and Mr. Charles (Sonny) Jordan passed away December 12, 1995. Mrs. Jordan will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Mr. Charles (Sonny) Jordan.

She dearly loved the Lord, family and friends. Heaven is now a much better place. We will miss her incredibly.

Pallbearers were Jerry Murphy, George (Bubba) Hampton, Kenneth Jones, Jason Mangum, Tommy Keith and George Hayes. Honorary Pallbearers were Jack Winstead, Melvin Tingle, Billy Pierce, Buddy Massey, Pat Harris, Dr. Paul Wilcox and Golden Homemakers Sunday School Class.

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Services for Ms. Iva Mae Cox Jones were held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Greenland Cemetery. Rev. David Robinson officiated.

Ms. Jones, 98, Gonzales, Louisiana, of died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Carpenter House Hospice of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “…To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5. She is now in her Heavenly home with her Lord Jesus and her loved ones that went before her.

Iva Mae Cox Jones, 98, born on Dec. 2, 1913, died on Sept. 1, 2012, at the Carpenter House St. Joseph Hospice, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was a native of Union. She was a faithful member of Greenland Baptist Church and loved to participate in the monthly gospel singings at church and throughout the area. She loved gardening, cooking, and family gatherings.

She is survived by her son, Albert L. Cox and daughter-in-law, Janiece Smith Cox; daughter, Nancy Cox Norder and son-in-law, Gerald W. Norder; and son, Roger Lee Cox, Jr. (Butch) and daughter-in-law, Patsy Hemphill Cox. She is survived by four grandchildren, Keith Cox and wife Sandra Cox, Gerald W. Norder Jr. and wife Deborah Norder, Kayla Cox Blackwell and husband Tiger Blackwell and Mandy Cox Walters and husband Ronnie Walters. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Heather and Mariah Norder, William, Olivia and Alexandra Cox, Amanda Kate and Brady Blackwell, and Taylor Walters.

She was preceded in death by her late husbands, Roger Lee Cox Sr. and Ross Jones; grandson, Russell Norder; her siblings, Leslie Smith,Sidney Smith, Ovin Smith, and Helen Smith Henry; and her parents, Andrew and Geneva Smith.

Pallbearers were Keith Cox, Gerald Norder, Tiger Blackwell, Ronnie Walters, Terry Smith, and John Moore. Honorary pallbearers were William Cox, great-grandson; Ralph Gordon, Jack Mason, and Murray Munn. The family wishes to thank all of our friends who have shown love, compassion, and prayers during this time. Special thanks to the Carpenter House for their kindness and care for her.

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Raymond Joseph Weber, 91, of Hattiesburg, died Sept. 2, 2012, at Forrest General Hospital. A mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, followed by burial in Highland Cemetery.

Mr. Weber was born in Washington, D.C., in 1921 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in early 1941 as a private and retired in 1971 as a Colonel. His service included battles during World War II in Peleliu and Okinawa where he received battle commission to Lieutenant; the Korean Conflict in Inchon and North Korea; and the Vietnam War in Da Nang and Dong Ha. After retirement he entered the University of Southern Mississippi where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in 1974 then worked in the Comptroller Office of the City of Hattiesburg.

He volunteered at Forrest General Hospital; he then attended Pearl River Community College where he became a Registered Nurse and continued his work at the hospital in various positions including oncology and home visits. After his retirement from the nursing profession, he became a volunteer in the Catheterization Lab at the hospital; he then later volunteered, greeting visitors and patients. He also worked as a volunteer tax preparer with AARP for at least 10 years.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Frances Elizabeth Weber; his parents, George and Anne Weber; one brother and six sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Weber of Hattiesburg; son, James Raymond Weber and his wife, Dorcas May-Ling Weber of Kanata, Ontario, Canada; two grandchildren, Joanna Frances Weber of Kingston, Ontario, Canada and Jonathan Raymond Weber of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Memorials may be directed to St. Thomas Catholic Church Building Fund.

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Charlie Lamar Dorman Jr., 42, of Kermit, Texas, died June 24, 2012, in Pecos, Texas.

He was born March 22, 1970, in Meridian, to Charlie and Patricia (Jenkins) Dorman.

 “Bo”, as he was known to friends and family, was a hard working man who loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed spending time with his family. “Bo” spent much of his time in the outdoors where he loved to hunt and fish. He was also a longtime member of the Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

He is survived by mother and step father, Patricia Holloway and husband Keith of Jackson; father, Charlie Dorman Sr. of Philadelphia; son, Cody Dorman of Meridian; brother, Freddy Dorman and wife Janice of Kermit; a sister, Tammy Snow of Jackson; a granddaughter, Rosalee Elaine; nephew, Joseph; nieces, Jaid and Sarah; and great-nieces, Madi, Mackenzie, Macie, Marlee and Lylee.

Services were held Friday, June 29, 2012, at Chancellor Funeral Chapel in Byram. Interment followed at Lakewood Memorial Park South. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor in Kermit and Chancellor Funeral Home of Byram.

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Services for Mrs. Doris A. Harper were held Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Meridian with Rev. Gilbert Eaves officiating. Milling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Harper, 85, of Meridian, died Saturday Sept. 7, 2012, at her residence.

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Graveside services for Rev. Bill Hall were held on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Meridian with Rev. Jamie Lamereaux officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements. Rev. Hall, 73, of Meridian, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Infinity Hospice of Meridian.

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Services for Master Stephen Jacob McCune were held on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Midway M.B. Church, in Decatur, with Rev. Larry Reed officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Beck Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Stephen Jacob, 6, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Newton County.

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Services for Ms. Jean Blackwell will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Johnny Mullinax will officiate.

Ms. Blackwell, 89, of Union, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Blackwell will be remembered as one who loved and was loved by her friends and family.

Survivors include a son, Barry Blackwell and wife Rosemary of Meridian; a daughter, Sharon Wilkerson of Union; four grandchildren, Nanette Evans, Jeremy Wilkerson, Heather Blackwell, Keller Joyner; two great- grandchildren, Alex Fryery and Samantha Wilkerson; a sister, Billie Locicero of Columbia, S.C., and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Blackwell; one son, Butch Blackwell; and three sisters, Sybil Phillips, Nina Heard, and Kay Lloyd.

Pallbearers will be Ben Rose, Jake Joyner, Jeremy Wilkerson, Tony Evans, Bob Bethea and Ric Ellard. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of arrangements.

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Funeral services for Roger Allen Godwin were held Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Liberty Baptist Church with Bro. Hal Ethridge and Bro. Robert Rowzee officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Cemetery with Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Godwin, 46 of Newton, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at University Medical Center in Jackson.

He was a life-long resident of Newton County and was a graduate of Newton Academy. He worked on the pipeline as an operator and a foreman more than 25 years. Roger was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed spending time with his family and playing golf. He enjoyed having a good time, and had a fun-filled personality. He lived and enjoyed life to the fullest.

Survivors include his parents, Donald and Simmie Godwin of Newton; two daughters, Taylor Brooke Godwin and Landrey Marie Godwin, both of Chunky; one brother, Rocky Dewayne Godwin of Newton; mother of his children, Tami Gibbon Godwin of Chunky; one niece, Felicity Purvis of Newton; and one nephew, Rocky Joe Godwin of Newton.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charlie and Aileen Godwin and B.B. and Velma Robinson.

Pallbearers were Chuck Kellum, Robert Grass, Randy Godwin, Jeff Sibley, Russell Bracey, and Kenny Fayard. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Bond, Wayne Baucum, Bill Burt, and Michael Maske.

Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718.

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Funeral services for Mary Inez Easom were held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home North with Rev. Wayne Napier officiating. Burial was in the Newton County Memorial Gardens. Newton County Funeral Home of Newton was in charge of arrangements.

Miss Easom, 85, of Newton died Thursday, Sept. 13, 201,2 at Bedford Care Center in Newton.

She loved her pets and tending to her plants and flowers, enjoying the outdoors and nature, always feeling close to God there. She loved people and was a sweet, loving sister, who will be missed by those who knew her. She was a native of Newton County, living in the home on Decatur Street where she was born, most of her life. She was a member of Newton United Methodist Church, and a retired engineering clerk of South Central Bell. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

Survivors include one sister, Ruby Zelle Easom of Newton; and cousins, Jack and Nancy Weaver of Newton, Marvin and Kathy Weaver of Trenton, Fla., Sonya and Larry Ezell of Clinton, Wilbert and Jean Easom of Meridian, Joe and Lanora Weaver of Lake, Faye Weaver of Lake, Mary Sue Thrash of Mobile, Ala., and Patty Sue Baucum of Huntsville, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde C. and Ruby Bell Weaver Easom.

Memorial donations may be made to Newton United Methodist Church, 600 Decatur St., Newton, MS 39345 .

William Bruce Nicholson Sr.
Funeral services for William Bruce Nicholson Sr.,were held Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel with Bro. Lin Chesney, Dr. Frank Harmon and Dr. Brian Rushing officiating. Burial was in the Newton County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Nicholson Sr., 89 of Newton, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Mississippi State Veteran's Home in Kosciusko.

He was a lifelong resident of Newton County except the time he was serving his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the dry cleaning business, Newton Laundry and Cleaners. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Newton. He enjoyed golf, fishing, and watching Ole Miss football, as well as the pros.

Survivors include a son, William Bruce (Beth) Nicholson Jr. of Southaven; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Henry of Houston; grandchildren, Trey (Carrie) Nicholson of Southaven, Lee Ann (Jeff) Miller of Walls, and Mark Henry of Pontotoc; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jimmy (Marie) Nicholson of Little Rock and Kenneth Nicholson of Gulfport; and one sister, Dorothy Mowdy of Hickory.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Nicholson; his parents, Grady and Eula Laird Nicholson; four brothers, Bobby, Frank, Holcomb, and Shelby Nicholson; and two sisters, Odessa Wroten and Bessie Carter.

Pallbearers were Trey Nicholson, Ryan Nicholson, Mark Moore, Dub Walters, Tony Brooks, Jeff Miller, Danny Joiner, and Dale Holifield. Honorary pallbearer was Mark Henry. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Senior Adult Ministry, P.O. Box 89, Newton, MS 39345. Newton County Funeral Home of Newton was in charge of arrangements.

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Funeral services for Willie Lee Tanksley were held on Sept. 12, 2012, at Altare Baptist Church with Pastor Robert Moncreif officiating. Mr. Tanksley died Sept. 7, 2012. Dunlap and Thames Funeral Home was in charge of services.

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Graveside services for Ms. Thelma Long were Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Matherville-Horn Cemetery in Matherville with Rev. Jimmy McDill officiating.

Ms. Long, 91, of Little Rock, was born Aug. 21, 1921, in Matherville. She died Sept. 20, 2012, at the Oaks in Meridian.

She is survived by her son, Morris Lee Duett; and one granddaughter, Zolee R. Duett.

Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

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John William “Johnny” McCormick, 60, of Newton, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home South Chapel in Newton, with Dr. Brian Rushing and Bro. Theron Harris officiating. Internment followed in Antioch Christian Church Cemetery in Hickory. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

He enjoyed the outdoors, playing golf, and was an avid hunter and a member of Redhat Deer Club. He loved his dog, Hank, who was his constant companion.

He was survived by his wife, Debbie Hudson McCormick of Newton; two sons, Will McCormick of Rose Hill and Chad McCormick and wife Hemi of Rose Hill; Paige Randolph Amis and husband Colby of Brandon and Dylan Randolph, of Starkville; four sisters, Martha Ballard of Jackson, Tillie Stewart and husband Luther of Shubuta, Judy Rowell and husband Mitchell of Rose Hill, and Aurelia Pearl Alexander and husband Mike of Rose Hill; and three grandchildren, Shelby, William, and John, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John W. McCormick and Aurelia Davis McCormick, and his wife, Charlene Reece McCormick

Pallbearers were Clay Chapman, Randy Loper, Jim Mason, John Mason, Steve Usry, Keith Luke and Bill Freeman. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Redhat Deer Club: Dylan Randolph, Colby Amis, David Hollingsworth, Michael Alexander, Mitchell Rowell, Derrell Edwards, and Danny Ray Reynolds.

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Funeral services for Virginia Dale Wilkerson were held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home with Bro. Brent Parks and Bro. Lavelle Hillman. Burial was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wilkerson, 72 of Marion, formerly of Newton, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Bedford Care Center in Marion. She enjoyed nature and animals. She loved people and visiting and helping others, giving of her time and talent to those in need. She was homemaker and a member of Newton Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty (Ted) Valentine of Lawrence, and Brenda Wilkerson and Sonia Garcia of Fontana, Calif.; one grandson, Rob (Emily) Walsh of Chunky; three brothers, Walter Bryant of Philadelphia; W.R. Bryant of Little Rock, and Wayne Bryant of Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Wilkerson; her parents, William "Bill" and Alice Trible Bryant; and her sister: Lina Bryant.

Pallbearers were Chris Hillman, Mike Spence, Mark Spence, Ben Lang, Clarence Allen, and Clifton McMullan.

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Memorial services for Michelle Lee Mason were held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church Collinsville with Rev. Damon Williams officiating.

Michelle Lee Mason, 38, of Meridian, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Anderson Regional Medical Center.

She is survived by her husband, Jesse Mason; parents, Jimmy and Faye Lee; children, Regan Smith, BreAnna Lee, Ashley Hillhouse and husband Ryan, Brittney Mason, and Zach Mason; grandchildren, Raley, Logan, and Remington; siblings, Michael Lee and wife Jennifer, and Melanie Lee; aunts, Sara Gressett, Jan Gressett, and Sally Lee; a niece and nephew, Peyton and Mackenzie Lee; and cousins, Mary Jones and husband Rick, Keegan Jones, Megan Morland and husband Chris, Brandon Jones and wife Leslie, Karen and Conner Lee, Shane Gressett and wife Katherine, and Will Gressett.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jackson and Ethel Lee and Monroe and Ruth Gressett; and two uncles, Wayne Gressett and Authur Lee.

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Edna Ruth Hollingsworth, 88 of Newton, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Bedford Care Center in Newton. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel in Newton, with Bro. Glenn Hayman and Bro. Victor Bugg officiating. Burial followed in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home North, 9998 Hwy 15 North, Newton was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hollingsworth loved her flowers and playing bingo.

She is survived by two sons, Glenn Hollingsworth and wife Joyce of Hickory and Larry Hollingsworth and wife Linda of Lauderdale; two daughters, Brenda Tadlock of Forest and Charlotte Densmore and husband Ken, of Newton; one sister, Billie Usry, of Pascagoula; three brothers, Henry Littleton Grady of Chunky, James Guy Grady of Quinlan, Texas, and A.W. Grady of Hurley; eight grandchildren, Connie, Cindy, Glenn Jr., Lisa, Chad, Christi, Corbie, and Angie; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Corbert “C.L.” Hollingsworth; parents: Henry Sullivan Grady and Sally Price Grady, and five brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers were Chad Tadlock, Corbie Nelson, Mike Watkins, Dale Usry, Joel Banks and John Grady.

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Services for Othel Lewis, 72, from Newton, will be handled by Holifield Funeral Home in Huntersville, North Carolina at a later date.

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Ethel Mae Steele, 83, of Newton, died Sept. 21, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She is survived by her children, Linda Coghlan of Union, Tommy Steele of Newton, Alice Smart of Cleveland, Tenn. Jerry Steele of Little Rock, Teresa Thornton of Riverview, Fla., Lisa Cooper of Charleston, Tenn., Mike Steele of Decatur; 16 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton; and daughter, Martha Steele.

Funeral services will be held at Bethel Baptist Church in Newton on Saturday, Sept. 29. Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. followed by services at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jason Barnett, Zach Steele, Josh Steele, Cody Steele, Nick Thornton, and Mark Cooper. Honorary pallbearer will be her great-grandson, Ryan Weaver. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Services for Mr. Ryan Gordon Harris were held Sept. 25, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union. Pastor Ed Breaux officiated with burial in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Harris, 17, of Newton, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at University Medical Center in Jackson.

Survivors include his parents, Stephen and Angela Harris of Newton; his mother, Catherine J. Harris of Hattiesburg; a brother, Jerry Christopher Harris of Hattiesburg; his grandmother, Mazelle Rowell of Newton; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Services for Dorothy J. Johnson were held Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Revs. Malcolm Lewis, Lin Chesney, Rusty Walton and Ben Laird officiated with burial in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Johnson, 85, of Union, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at J. G. Alexander Nursing Home.

Survivors include three sons, Willie Johnson of Little Rock, Byron Johnson of Little Rock, and Gary Johnson and wife Jo of California; a brother, John D. Chesney of Little Rock; five grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ms. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Johnson Sr.; a brother, Dalton Lee Chesney; sister-in-law, Laneil Coursey Chesney; and her parents, Robert and Mary Ellen Chesney.

Pallbearers were be David Rush Sr., Andy Chesney, Larry Jones, Roger Moore, Marcus L. Herrington, and Rev. Ben Laird.

Obituaries October 2012

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Margaret Vance Rhodes, 98, died Sept. 23, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.

She was born in Neshoba on Dec. 26, 1913.

Margaret was preceded in death by Ralph, her husband of 54 years; her parents, Bruce and Mattie Vance; her sister, Mary Lou Vance; her brother, Paul Vance; and granddaughter, Tammy Birchfield.

She leaves behind her daughter, Rebecca Birchfield (Burt) of Nashville, Tenn.; her son, Bill Rhodes (Rosalind) of Covington, La.; grandchildren, Leslie Karl (Dan) and Leigh Ann Gravette (Paul) of Nashville, Tenn., John David Rhodes of Brighton, England and Stephen Rhodes of Berlin, Germany. Margaret is also survived by six great-grandchildren, from Nashville, Tenn.: Rhodes, Banks and Vance Gravette and Cade, Greer and Layne Karl; and by brothers, Berlin Vance of Amarillo, Texas and James Herbert Vance (Anne) of Union. She is also survived and fondly remembered by a number of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Margaret graduated from Peabody Teacher's College in Nashville, Tenn., in 1937 and married Ralph Rhodes of Duncan, S.C., in 1939. Margaret taught school for 30 years in five different southern states. All through her life, she was a faithful member and volunteer in Baptist churches. While in Nashville, she was a member of Clear View Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and was his faithful follower.

Friends and relatives were invited to the funeral services at First Baptist Church of Union on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jon Martin officiating. Visitation began at 10 a.m. Burial followed the services at the Neshoba Baptist Church Cemetery in Neshoba. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Dan Karl, Paul Gravette, Mike Douglas, Lee Brown, John David Rhodes and Stephen Rhodes.

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David Richard "Rick" Willis, 60, a retired truck driver of Carthage, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at his home. Services were help Sept. 18, 2012, at Wilcox Funeral Home in Carthage with Bro. William Frazer, Danny McKay and Larry Kemp officiating. Burial was in Carthage Memorial Gardens.

A Beaver Falls, Penn., native, he was a member of Faith Assembly of God. Rick was a talented singer and guitar player who loved his family, especially his wife of 30 years, Mary Ann Willis.

Mr. Willis is preceded in death by his parents, Betty and David Willis of Pennsylvania.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Willis of Carthage; daughters, Angel Measell and husband David of Decatur, Akemie Rigdon and husband Michael of Carthage; stepdaughters, Stacey McKay and husband Danny of Louisville, Shelia Rea and husband Chad of Union, Donna Ramsey of Columbia Tenn.; stepsons, Ronnie Ramsey and wife Kristy of Coahoma, Robert Ramsey of Gulfport; sisters, Loretta McCleary and husband Donald of Carthage, Charlotte Johnson of Beaver Falls, Penn.; brothers, Brian Willis, John Willis, Bruce Willis of Carthage, Randy Willis and wife Jean of Brandon, Jack Willis, Doug Willis and wife Pam of Beaver Falls, Penn.; 24 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Glen Kemp, James Ramsey, Danny McKay, Michael Rigdon, Blade Rushing, Chad Rae, Bobby Faulkner and John David Willis. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Kemp, Gerald Lewis, Hester Falkner, Kenny Measell, Cole Measell, Brandon Myers, and Ryan Myers.

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Services for Ernest Mosley were held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Mount Olive Methodist Church, with Rev. Billy Mosley officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery, with Clark Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Mosley, 68, of Rose Hill, died Sept. 16, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital.

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Services for Mrs. Janice Marie Griffin were held Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in Reid Chapel Church of God Cemetery. Rev. Rusty Walton officiated with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Griffin, 54, of Little Rock, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Leon Junior Griffin of Little Rock; two sons, Michael Griffin of Chunky and Shawn Griffin and fiancee’, Karla Menoses of Little Rock; a daughter, Ann Marie Griffin Havard and husband Ray of Carthage; her mother, Merlen Houge of Union; seven grandchildren; a sister, Cindy Collins; two brothers, Tommy Houge and Ricky Houge.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jamie Griffin; father, Leroy Houge; and one sister, Irene Houge Smith.

Pallbearers were Shawn Sims, Gary Bufkin, Glenn Dale Bufkin, Dusty Russell, James Alford, and Phoenix Sims. Honorary pallbearer was Levi Griffin.

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Services for Paul Arrington were held on Sept. 27, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ, with Elder Andrew George officiating. Burial was held in St. Cloud Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, with Clark Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Arrington, 55, of Newton, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Rush Hospital in Meridian.

Othel “Moody” L Lewis page-up-icon 24x24
On Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Huntersville, North Carolina, one we loved and cherish and knew stepped across the threshold that we call death, but it was only a step into another room, and not stepping out of the fellowship of life.

Othel “Moody” L. Lewis was born Nov. 26, 1939, to Cleo Robinson in Newton. He was the grandson of the late Emmanuel and Ada Robinson. His funeral was held at the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Newton on Sept. 24, 2012. Rev. S.M. Robinson officiated at the service. The Repast and resting place was all at the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church.

Othel “Moody” L. Lewis attended the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church with his mother and other family members often. Othel “Moody” L. Lewis enjoyed church, all kinds of music, Sunday newspapers, magazines, and he never met a stranger. He always smiled, and that included a really big hug, especially for the ladies.

He is survived by a cousin/caregiver, Donzie M. Spears, of Huntersville, North Carolina; a host of other loving family members and friends; his three devoted friends, Mr. William Stokes, of Meridian, Mr. Walter Wright, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Mr. Mel Tarlton, of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

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James L. Jones, 77, of Pass Christian, formerly of Newton and Hickory, died Sept. 7, 2012. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of Highland Baptist Church of Pass Christian.

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie Jones and Cecilia Jones; his step daughter, Melissa Holliman; and daughter-in-law, Robbie Wilson.

He was survived by his wife, Mattie Jones; step son, Danny Wilson; his siblings, Morton Jones, Shirley Gates and Betty Jones and Ted Jones; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral services were held on Sept. 13, 2012, at Highland Baptist Church, 8400 Firetower Road, Pass Christian. Burial was followed by a full military services at the Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi.

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Funeral services for Titus Harrell, 53, were held recently at St. Hill M.B Church in Newton. Dunlap and Thames was in charge of arrangements.

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Services for Mr. Donnell Crenshaw were held Sunday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Warren Hedgepeth officiating. Burial followed in the Neshoba Baptist Church Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Crenshaw, 82, of Union, died Thursday, Oct. 3, at his home near Union.

Donnell was born in Neshoba community on Nov. 3, 1929, where he lived most of his life. He served his country in the U.S. Army, during which he spent 40 months in Germany.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Cordelia Hamil Crenshaw; a daughter, Linda Craig and her husband, Bobby, of Homewood; two sons, Chad Crenshaw and his wife, Barbara of Union, Steve Farmer and his wife, Joyce of Grapevine, Texas; one brother, Richard D. Crenshaw and his wife, Mary of Yates City, Ill.; three granddaughters, Jessica LaPeze and her husband, Jamie, Rebekah Crenshaw, and Skye Farmer; two grandsons, Kyle and Cody Craig; and three great grandchildren, Dee, Johnae, and Sophia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Mary Frances Crenshaw; and one brother, Verscl Crenshaw.

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John Harold Mason, 63, died at home in Byram on Oct. 6, 2012, surrounded by family.

He was born in Newton to Harold and Frances Mason and graduated from East Central Junior College and Mississippi College, and served in the Army National Guard. After several years working in the petroleum industry, he worked developing computer programs for the State of Mississippi in the Highway Department and the Health Department. He concluded his career teaching mathematics in the Jackson and Hinds school systems. He will be remembered as an honest, independent mountain of a man with a ready sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife Pat and his mother Frances; sisters, Betty Mason and Sue Bush; sisters-in-law, Andrea Hagner, Mary Kay Weston, and Maureen Gallagher; and brothers-in-law, Bob Weston, Tom Hagner, and Brian Gallagher. "Big John" is also survived by uncles, Tommy Grant, George Mason Jr.; aunts, Joanne Bucklew, Julia Fraser, and Hilda Bowden; many cousins; several nieces and nephews, Casey and Brian, Amanda and Christy, Michael and Caitlin, Catherine, John, and Andrew, Tad and Amanda; and five great-nephews and four great-nieces.

A memorial service will be led by cousin David Rives on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Bethel Baptist Church outside Newton at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Palmer Home for Children, of which John was a loyal supporter.

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Marjorie Carolyn White Everett, 81 of Newton, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Newton. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Pine Bluff Baptist Church with Bro. Leon Everett and Bro. Harold Laird officiating. Burial followed in Pine Bluff Cemetery with Newton County Funeral Home South in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Everett was a member of Pine Bluff Baptist Church. She loved meeting and talking to people, her family, especially her grandsons, and reading the Bible.

Mrs. Everett’s survivors include a daughter, Donna Everett Rigdon and husband Joey, Little Rock; a son, David Everett and wife Katrina of Newton; three grandsons, Matt Rigdon, Josh Rigdon and fiancee Nicki Sullivan, and Joseph Everett; three brothers, Milton White, Thomas White, and John Billy White; a brother-in-law, Curtis Wheeler; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Cooter" Everett; her parents, Billy and Mary Ricks White; and sister, Dean Wheeler.

Pallbearers were Jay Chesney, Kent Wheeler, Mark Wheeler, William Lacy, Rayphord Bounds, and Don Collins.

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Services for Mrs. Katherine Smith were held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Shawn Croft officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Clark Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Smith, 82, of Newton, died Sept. 28, 2012, at her residence.

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Services for Rev. Clarence Arrington were held on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at St. Cloud Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Evans officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Rev. Arrington, 65, of Newton, died Sept. 28, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital.

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Services for Caroldine Herrington were held Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Antioch Baptist Church with Dr. Ray Spence and Rev. James Young officiating. Burial followed in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery with McClain-Hays Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Herrington, 87, of Collinsville, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Anderson Regional Medical Center.

She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. Mrs. Herrington worked for many years as a ward clerk and nurse assistant at Laird Hospital in Union, Miss. Mrs. Herrington was an amazing, loving mother and grandmother. She spent her life in service of others. Mrs. Herrington loved the Lord and was a true example of a Proverbs 31 woman.

Survivors include her children, Linda Stembridge of Montgomery, Ala., Anita Griffin (Charlie) of Boone, N.C., Dotty Beemon (Tim) of Meridian, Donna Harrison of Bailey, Bill Herrington (Jami) of Decatur and Dena Bishop (Stanley) of House; grandchildren, Jay Stembridge, Amanda Montgomery, Marty Griffin, Courtney Taylor, Jill Basham, Elizabeth Williams, Andy Harrison, Kim Pickett, Krissy Lewis, Bubba Holmes, Katie Holmes, Brandon Holmes, Morgan Herrington, Eli Herrington, Laura Bishop, Lindsay Bishop and Emily Bishop; great-grandchildren, Megan and Katie Stembridge, Colby and Macy Montgomery, Rachael, Megan and Katie Griffin, Grace Taylor, Walker and Abigail Basham, Kasey, Savannah and Cadence Harrison, Jackson Atwood, Ethan, Alyssa and Gavin Pickett, and Jud Lewis; numerous other family members and her beloved pet, Otis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Herrington; brothers, Marzine and Carlton Smith; her grandson, Tyler Herrington; sons-in-law, Jim Stembridge and Wesley Harrison.

Pallbearers were Dustin Jones, Mike Dallas, Ricky Smith, Larry Smith, Stan Worrell and Mike Truhett.

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Memorial services for Mr. James Reed of Decatur were held Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with Rev. Jim McQuarry officiating. Mr. Reed, 66, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at his residence.

Survivors include his brother, Lester B. Reed and wife Elizabeth of Lawrence; a sister, JoAnn Jenkins of Lawrence; and numerous nieces and nephews.

No visitation was held.

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Jessie “Blue” Bell, a loving, father, brother, uncle and friend, was born to the late Eva Glenn Ponder and Jessie Bell on Aug. 29, 1950, in Newton County. Mr. Bell died Thursday morning Oct. 4, 2012.

A man of great faith and fortitude, Jessie accepted Christ at an early age. He was baptized and became a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church in Newton County. He attributed his success in life to his strong family foundation. Jessie obtained his education at the C.H. Boler High School in Newton County. Later, he relocated to Chicago and was employed with Sara Lee Foods for many years.

Jessie was preceded in death by his parents, Eva Glenn Ponder and Jessie Bell; and one sister, Kathy Bell.

It is impossible to measure the full impact of Jessie’s life. He touch, shaped and inspired the lives of his two sons, Gregory and Darnell, along with many others. His sterling example and his “positiveness" influenced everyone with whom he came in contact. “Blue” as he was affectionately called, had an avid love for cars that will live on in his sons.Although we are deeply saddened by his passing we will celebrate his life with great joy and gratitude forever.

He will be mourned and greatly missed by two sons, Gregory Le’Farrall Holmes and Darnell Jones; five brothers, Ellis Bell, William Douglas Bell, Thomas Leroy Bell, Lee Van Shoemaker, and Woodrow Watson; a sister, Patricia Pickard; three grandchildren; one aunt; two uncles; a companion of 12 years, Meshell Caffrey; a very close friend, Marvin Seals; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

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Graveside services for Mr. James Edwin Graham were held Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Gary Rivers will officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include, his wife of 65 years, Annie Merle Graham of Decatur; a daughter, Betty Miller and husband Jimmy of Petal; a son, James (Jim) Graham and wife Elizabeth stationed in Germany; three grandchildren, Heather Hutchinson and husband Jason, James Brian Graham, and Megan Joos De Ter Beerst; two step grandchildren, Eddie Miller and wife Debbie and Denice Traweek; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jewel Soper and Glenna Thaggard.

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Services for Ms. Marie Wolverton were held Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Beech Springs Cemetery. Rev. C.M. Jinkerson officiated. Ms. Gardner, 69, of Conehatta died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Rush Foundation Hospital.

Survivors include her son, Gerald Wolverton; and wife Tasha of Union; a daughter, Donna Sanders and Roger Basham of Union; three grandchildren, Isabella Wolverton, Wayne Sanders Jr. (Bubba), and Alex Sanders; two brothers, Travis Roberts of Picayune, and Billy Glen Roberts of Union; a sister, Ester Herrington of Little Rock; and numerous stepbrothers and stepsisters.

Ms. Gardner was preceded in death by her husband, Billy C Wolverton; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Roberts; and sister, Gloria Roberts.

Pallbearers were David Brewer, John Herrington, Kenneth Thrash, Alex Sanders, Wayne Sanders, Jr., and Roger Basham.

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Larry “Shorty" Breedlove, 66, of Philadelphia died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at University Medical Center in Jackson. Services were held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Chapel of Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol. Rev. J. Clarke officiated with burial in the Morrow Cemetery.

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Funeral services for C.A. Stamper were held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel in Newton with Bro.Ron Gilstrap officiating. Burial was in the Beat Line Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home of Newton was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Stamper, 84, of Newton, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Newton County.

He was retired from La-Z-Boy South and a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Newton. He enjoyed being outdoors and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emogene Price Stamper; his parents, Glover and Elma Addy Stamper; two sisters, Maggie Lou Miley and Verna Pendergrast; and one brother, Elton Stamper.

Survivors include a son, Randy Stamper of Newton; a sister, June and husband Bernard Nelson of Petal; two brothers, Melvin and wife Betty Stamper of Lawrence and Purvis and wife Janiece Stamper of South Carolina.

Pallbearers were Richard Stamper, Milton Stamper, Royce Miley, Robert Munn, Mark Moore, and Jerry Simmons. Friends and family may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Graveside services for Ms. Jeanette Reeves were held Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in the House Community with Rev. Clint Johnson officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of the arrangements. Ms. Reeves, 66, of Sebastopol, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at her residence.

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Services for John Wesley Cooley were held recently at Dunlap and Thames Funeral Home in Newton. Cooley, of Newton, died Oct. 16, 2012.

Nannie Mae Herrington page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mrs. Nannie Mae Harbour Herrington were held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Warren Hedgepeth officiating. Burial followed in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery in Neshoba County with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Herrington, 92, of Union, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at her home near Union.

Nannie Mae was born in Neshoba County on Sept. 1, 1920, to A. C. and Malinna Harbour. She taught math for 19 years in the Union School System, and nine years in the Meridian School System before retiring from her education field. She then worked at Laird Hospital for 16 years. Mrs. Herrington was also a member of the Union Present Day Club, and a former member of the Miss. Association of Educators.

Survivors include her two sons, Joseph Herrington and his wife Carol Geanne of Union, and Donald Herrington of Union; two grandchildren, Coleman Herrington of Ruston, La., and Elizabeth Patterson and her husband Allie of Union; four great-grandchildren, Anetta, Thomas, Alex, and Cole; and one sister, Lola Harbour, of Union.

She was preceded in death by her parents, A C. and Malinna Ward Harbour; her husband, Lester Herrington; and three brothers: James, Hanson, and Bert Harbour.

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Geralene Embrey Pugh, 77, of Newton County died Oct. 16, 2012, at James T. Champion Nursing Home in Meridian. Visitation was held at Stephens Funeral Home in Meridian. Services were held at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Hickory, with Rev. Billy Ray Gibbs and T.J. Archie officiated with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Pugh was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She will forever be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Survivors include her daughters, Pam Harber (Steve) and Penny Avant (Jackie) both of Decatur; son, Paul Pugh (Peggy) of Hickory, and their father, Gilmore Pugh; seven grandchildren, Brandi Reeves (Todd), Stacie Reese (James), Stephanie Houston (Eric), Jackie Thompson (Robby), Josh Avant (Lacey), Cody Pugh and Chelsea Pugh; and 15 great- grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Mary Cooley, Merle Harwell (Fred), Grace Shirley, Nora Majure (Tommy); brothers, Albert Embrey (Barbara) and J.V. Embrey (Senora); and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, A.C. and Nora Embrey; and a sister, Clady Mae Embrey.

Pallbearers were Josh Avant, Shannon Cooley, Tim Lindley, Cody Pugh, Paul Pugh, Todd Reeves, and Robby Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were Roger Flint, Mark Majure, Gary Joiner, and David McDonald

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Services for Alma Fleming were held Oct. 30, 2012, at Dunlap and Thames Funeral Home in Newton.

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Services for Melvin Warner Stamper, 87, were held Oct. 30, 2012, at Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Forest with burial in the Conehatta Methodist Cemetery. Revs. Becki Smith, William Savell and Benny Napier officiated.

Mr. Stamper, of Lawrence, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Bedford Care Nursing Home in Newton.

Mr. Stamper was a U.S. Veteran having served in the Army during World War II in the European Campaign. During his service, he received the Bronze Star. He was a carpenter by trade and a member of Pleasant Valley Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty Ezelle; a son, Richard and his wife, Shelia of Decatur; a daughter, Kathy Stamper Neese and her husband, Paul of Hattiesburg; two grandchildren, Adria Stamper Miles and her husband, Justin of Geismar, La., and Nathan Stamper and his wife, Leanne of Flowood; three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Hannah and Miriam Miles of Geismar, La. Other survivors include one sister, June Nelson and her husband, Bernard of Petal; and one brother, Purvis Stamper and his wife, Janice of Beech Island, S.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glover and Elma Addy Stamper; sisters, Maggie Lou Miley and Verna Pendergrast; and brothers, Elton and C.A. Stamper.

Pallbearers were Nathan Stamper, Justin Miles, Milton Stamper, Tim Nelson, Royce Miley and Leighton Ezelle. Honorary pallbearers were all other nephews.

Obituaries November 2012

Judy Langham Williamson page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mrs. Judy Langham Williamson were held Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Justin Chaney officiating. Burial followed in the Duffee Baptist Church Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Williamson, 64, of Little Rock, died Oct. 29, 2012, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, W.R. “Dicky” Williamson of Little Rock; a daughter, Lesley Williamson of Little Rock; a son, Brad Williamson of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Natalie, Michael Keith, and Noelle Williamson; her mother, Janie Langham, of Union; three sisters, Mary Jane Geeslin of Cuba, Ala., Faye Terrell of Union, and Wanda Chaney of Decatur; and a brother, Jeff Langham of Atlanta, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her son, Keith Williamson; and her father, Leslie Langham.

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Services for Mr. William Robert “Bill” Rowzee were held Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Decatur United Methodist Church with burial in the Decatur City Cemetery. Rev. Jimmy Harrison and Rev. Bruce Taylor officiated with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rowzee, 95, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at the Miss. State Veteran’s Home of Kosciusko.

William Robert “Bill” Rowzee was born March 30, 1917, in Decatur. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Early Robert Rowzee. He was the youngest of eight children.

He leaves two children, Donna Sue Rowzee Tinsley, of Decatur and William R. “Bill Jr.” Rowzee of Columbus; three grandchildren, Terry Robert Tinsley of Gainesville, Va.; Kirk Martin Tinsley of Franklin, Tenn., and Katie Rowzee of Jackson; and three great-grandchildren, Joshua Dale Tinsley, Jordan Nicole Tinsley and Kael Martin Tinsley.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Ruth Rowzee of 60 years; his parents, Early R. and Alice O. Rowzee; brothers, Amos, Lewis, Albert and Mack Rowzee; sisters, Myrtle, Mary and Dew Drop Rowzee. He leaves a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Bill joined the Decatur United Methodist Church when he was about 12 years of age and has been an active member ever since. Bill spent most of his life in Decatur. He took part in all available sports (football, basketball, baseball, track and class plays). He was class president of his ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grade class. He attended two years at ECJC; he played in the band, was in class plays and on the tennis team. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and was placed in the 12th Postal regulation section, handling overseas mail, operating out of Boston Port of Embarkation Boston, Massachusetts.

He married his long-time sweetheart and friend, Donna Skelton of Union, while he was in the military.

He worked for a while with the engineers at the Mobile Alabama Ship Building Corp. Following this work he came back and enrolled at MSU in the school of Business and Accounting.

Two years later, in 1947, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from MSU. He played drums in the famous Maroon Band and had gone back to MSU many times since graduation to play in the famous Alumni Band. He joined the American Legion after his discharge and had been a member ever since. He is a life member and has served as Beat Commander, Post Commander, Adjutant, Service Officer and District Commander. He was also a member and officer of the 40/8 (an honor organization of the American Legion). He attended National Conventions in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Honolulu, Hawaii, accompanied by his wife, Donna.

After graduation from MSU in 1947, he worked a few months as bookkeeper for Solwell Lumber Company in Meridian as office manager. He took and passed the Post Office examination for Post Office clerk and came back to Decatur and began work in the Decatur Post Office. He retired as Assistant Postmaster. He then served many years as Newton County Veterans Service officer; he helped many veterans to get their well deserved benefits.

Pallbearers were Wayne Comans, Mike McGrevey, Chris Harris, Jerry Rowzee, Kenneth Jones and Bud Smith. Honorary pallbearers were H.G. “Buddy” Langley, Jackie Knight, Danny Cherry and Price Miller.In lieu of flowers family request that memorials be made to Decatur United Methodist Church Parsonage Fund P.O. Box 325 Decatur, MS, 39327

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Services for Bro. Freeman Strait were held Nov. 1, 2012 at McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Lay Strait officiating. Burial followed in Immanuel Cemetery in Neshoba County. McClain-Hays Funeral Home in Philadelphia was in charge of arrangements.

Bro. Strait, 96, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Baptist Medical Center-Leake in Carthage.

He was a native of Winston County and lived in Texas from 1950 until 1963. He then moved to Philadelphia where he made his home. Bro. Strait was a member of Longino Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Strait, in 2011.

Survivors include his daughter, Dale Roan of Ireland; sons, Don Strait (Jan) of Wills Point, Texas, Rev. Jimmy Lay Strait (Michelle) of Mesquite, Texas, Henry Strait of Seagoville, Texas, Randy Strait (Hope) of Royse City, Texas, and Jimmy Lee Strait (Selina) of Philadelphia; step-sons, Louis Coghlan (Bonnie) of Philadelphia, Bill Coghlan of Philadelphia, and Rick Coghlan (Cherie) of Plant City, Fla., numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Jane Deweese of Philadelphia and Sherry Roncali of Newton; brothers, Bobby Guy Strait of Michigan and Clint Strait of Lawrence; and a host of nieces, nephews and their families.

Pallbearers were Randy Strait, Don Strait, Henry Strait, Jimmy Lee Strait, Ronnie Strait, Warren Deweese, and Ricky Coghlan.

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Frances B Jones, 95 of Meridian, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Meridian. Services were held Nov. 6, 2012, at Chunky Cemetery in Chunky with Rev. Gerald Chaney officiating. Newton County Funeral Home of Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren, sewing, and gardening.

Survivors include two sons, Donald Jones and wife Linda of Chunky, and Wayne Jones and wife Sara of Hickory; two daughters, Carolyn Burks and husband Curly of Hickory, and Patsy Jones of Hickory; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Jones; parents, Ira and Dova Cox Barber; daughter, Nancy Lynn Jones and three sisters, Lottie Jones, Ruby Rankin, and Louise Johnson.

Pallbearers were Dusty Jones, David Jones, Chad Jones, Brett Jones, Ronnie Thrash and Joey Etheridge.

The family request in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Hickory Methodist Church, P.O. Box 34, Hickory, MS 39332.

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Services for Pervis Reece, 87, of Newton, were held Nov. 7, 2012, at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. W.F. Mapp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Beulah Wells page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Beulah Wells, 86, of Forest, were held Oct. 27, 2012, at Union Grove UM Church. W.F. Mapp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Willie Brown page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Willie E. Brown, 55, of Forest, were held Oct. 27, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ. Burial was in the Union Grove Cemetery. W.F. Mapp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mattie Thames Seals page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mattie Seals, 69, of Decatur, were held Oct. 26, 2012, at Midway M.B. Church. W.F. Mapp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rosie Burks page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Rosie Burks, 92, of Chicago, Illinois, were held Nov. 6, 2012, at Little Rock M.B. Church. W.F. Mapp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

J C Barlow page-up-icon 24x24
Services for J.C. Barlow were held Nov. 3, 2012, at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Louin, with Evangelist Minnie Ross officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Barlow, 75, of Louin, died Oct. 28, 2012, at Rolling Acres Retirement Center in Raleigh.

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Services for David Levelt Jones were held Nov. 10, 2012, at Word of Faith Church. Dunlap and Thames Funeral Home of Newton was in charge of arrangements.

Rebecca Ann Greene Sibley page-up-icon 24x24
Rebecca Ann Greene Sibley, 69, wife of Jimmy Charles Sibley for 45 years, died Nov. 6, 2012.

Mrs. Sibley was born June 21, 1943, in Rutherfordton, N.C., to Juliaetta Deter Smith and the late Robert Clyde Greene Sr.

She was a member of Simpsonville First Baptist Church. She was an artist and painter and a loving wife, mother, grandma and nana.

Funeral services were held Nov. 9, 2012, in the Sanctuary of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Randy Harling. Burial was in Cannon Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Simpsonville First Baptist Church, 3 Hedge Street, Simpsonville, S.C. 29681. Fletcher Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Alvin C Myers page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Mr. Alvin C. Myers were held Nov. 12, 2012, at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Holcomb, Rev. Billy Mac Sellers, and Rev. George Robertson officiating. Burial followed in the Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery at Dixon, Miss. with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Myers, 83, of Conehatta, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Choctaw Residential Nursing Home at Philadelphia.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Yvonne Tucker Myers of Conehatta; two daughters, Sandra Land and her husband, Mark, of Bellavista, Ark., Tasha Ingram and her husband, Doug, of Mt. Olive; two sons, Ronald Myers and his wife, Cindy, of Philadelphia, Randle Myers and his wife, Rose, of Brandon; six grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and one sister, Willie B. Pinter of Meridian.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H.C. and Annie Gainey Myers; a sister, Inez Madden; and two brothers, Harvey Clyde and Rev. Carl Junior Myers.

Keisah La’Dawn Walker page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Keisah La’Dawn Walker were held Nov. 14, 2012, at Kingdom Hall. Dunlap and Thames Funeral Home of Newton was in charge of arrangements.

Bennie Lee Tillis page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Bennie Lee Tillis, 56, of Texarkana, Texas, were held Nov. 10, 2012, at W.F. Mapp Funeral Home. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Marcella Wash page-up-icon 24x24
Services for Marcella wash, 42, of Hattiesburg, will be held at Shiloh M.B. Church at noon on Nov. 17, 2012. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at W.F. Mapp Funeral Home.

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Services for Mr. Joe E. Brunson will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union. Revs. Jon Martin and Marcus Finch officiated with burial in Union City Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Joe E. Brunson, 84, of Union, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Jeff Anderson Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Essie Brunson of Union; two daughters, Janice Muse and husband James D. of Byram, Janet Shealy and husband Donald L. of Byram; a son, Alan Brunson and wife Dawn of Madison; five grandchildren, Brian Muse and wife Jennifer of Florence, Chad Shealy and wife Shanon of Raymond, Wes Muse of Florence, Reed Brunson of Madison, and Lori Brunson of Madison; seven great-grandchildren, Grayson, Mayson and Riggs Shealy of Raymond, Braydon, Brantley, and Brelyn Muse of Florence, Aubree Muse, also of Florence; two sisters, Rachel Leach of Union, Bernice Lofton of Newton; a brother, Bobby Brunson of Pearl.

Mr. Brunson is preceded in death by his brother, James Brunson.

Pallbearers were Brian Muse, Chad Shealy, Reed Brunson, Wes Muse, Jamie Brunson, Randy Brunson, Danny Brunson, David Lofton.

Mr. Joe E. Brunson loved being outdoors. His favorite outdoor activities included fishing, hunting, and gardening. He was an active board member of Union Riding Club and was an active mule puller. Mr. Brunson loved his community and was elected Citizen of the Year in 2010. He was also an active member of First Baptist Church of Union. Mr. Brunson will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

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Services for Mr. Roger Lee Anderson were held Nov. 23, 2012, at the Conehatta school gym with burial in the St. Catherine Catholic Church Cemetery. Rev. Robert Patrick and Rev. George Dixon officiated.

Mr. Anderson, 65, of Conehatta, died Nov. 19, 2012, at Choctaw Health Center. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Anderson served 41 years of Tribal service, which included 19 years of Tribal Council. He also served 11 years of military service.

Survivors include his wife, Sarina Anderson of Conehatta; three sons, Ricky Anderson and wife Phyliss of Carthage, Randy Anderson and wife Pamela of Conehatta, Brandon Anderson of Conehatta; six daughters, Karen Thomas and husband Ferrell of Conehatta, Tarina McMillan and husband Harvey Sr. of Conehatta, Sheena Edwards and husband Kevin of Walnut Grove, Durnene Farmer and husband Brent of Conehatta, Jessica Smith and husband Buford of Philadelphia, Sarrica Anderson of Conehatta; a sister, Edvena John of Conehatta; 33 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and numerous foster children. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by parents, Mr. Phillip and Ms. Zula Mae Anderson; one daughter, Lawanda Shenene Anderson; one grandchild, Jason Keith Anderson; one brother, Hilbert Daniel Anderson; and two sisters, Vina Mae Jefferson and Mattie Lynn Ben.

Pallbearers were Walter Wilson, Darren Taylor, Charles Moulds, Scott Thomas, Billy Robertson and Willie Charles McGee. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Kelly, Rodgrick Anderson, Jaric Anderson, Kelby Anderson, Cody Anderson, Keantray Thomas, Alaric Keams, Lane Farmer, Kameren Taylor Hickman and Derek Reynolds.

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Services for Mr. Dock Graham were held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Beulah Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Bro Ed Knox, Bro. Bill Webb, Bro. Byron Howell and Bro. Gary Rivers officiated. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Graham, 87, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Laird Hospital.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mae Graham of Decatur; a brother, Mike Graham of Decatur; two sisters, Ruth Loper of Decatur and Rubie Sims of Ocean Springs; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Graham is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Pearl Graham; two infant siblings; five brothers; and two sisters.

Mr. Graham was a WWII veteran stationed in the South Pacific and a faithful member of Beulah Baptist Church. He retired from Newton County School system after 35 years.

Pallbearers were Josh Chaney, Adam Herrington, Ivan Davis, Robert Smith, Chunk Munn, James Graham, and Wayne Lanier. Honorary pallbearers were N.F. Smith, Billy Pierce, Randall Huey, Jimmy Nicholson and the Men’s Sunday School Class at Beulah; William Huey, Gene Lee and James Chaney.

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Ruth Mills, 87, joined her heavenly father and beloved husband Robert in heaven on Nov. 20, 2012.

The daughter of Frank Anderson Crenshaw and Ruby (Winfield) Crenshaw, she was born and grew up in the Neshoba community.

She was predeceased by her parents and siblings Thelma McBeath, John McBeath, Doris (McBeath) Rhodes, and Frank Allen “Sonny” Crenshaw.

She is survived by her children, Carol Shrader of Virginia Beach, Va., Lynn Libell and husband Bryan of Florence, Ala., and Bob Mills and wife Michelle of Jackson.

She had a special love for her grandchildren, Spencer, David, Sarah Katherine and Blake Mills, Mark and Adam Libell and Neal Shrader and his wife Eunhee.

She was very excited about the approaching birth of her first great-grandchild. Her nieces and nephews Betty Ethridge, Charles Rhodes, Debbie Broadus and Danny Crenshaw and her sisters-in-law Audrey McBeath and Renate Harris were an important part in her life. She is also mourned by the citizens of Union, the town that she so dearly loved.

Ruth’s daily life revolved around First Baptist Church and its activities. And she proudly shared her faith with others. After she retired from her longtime job as bookkeeper for the Kemper/Newton Regional Library System, Ruth was always busy volunteering in the community. Her civic duties continued until the end of her life. She was chosen Citizen of the Year” by the Union Chamber of Commerce well into her 80s.

In 1988, she started writing the local news column for the Union Appeal, (later the Newton County Appeal), and wrote her last column two days before her death. She played piano for weekly church services at local nursing homes. Past service includes serving on the Board of Directors for Laird Hospital. Ruth was dedicated to the town of Union’s restoration of historic Boler Inn. She was a proud great-great granddaughter of its first owner and proprietor Wesley Boler, joining the Daughters of the American Revolution on his grandfather’s service. Ruth was a part of the initial group that spearheaded the restoration effort and served on the Board of Directors for many years.

Ruth loved flowers and would have been happy to know she was surrounded by them at the end of her life. For those who prefer a memorial donation, gifts may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church of Union.

Visitation was held at Stephens Union Funeral Home from on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, Ruth’s birthday, at First Baptist Church of Union. Beginning at 10 a.m. the church will be open for those who wish to say a last farewell to this dear lady. Burial will follow at Neshoba Cemetery, where four generations of the Crenshaw family lie at rest.

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Leola Williamson Burton, 89, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. Mrs. Burton was a lifelong resident of the Hopewell community in Little Rock.

She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church, where she served as church treasurer for more than 50 years. She worked at Peoples Bank of Union, now Regions, for more than 40 years. She was a graduate of Beulah Hubbard High School and East Central Community College.

Mrs. Burton is survived by her son, J. Stan Burton and his wife Sheree Warnick Burton of Ellisville; her son, Tim H. Burton and his wife Joyce of Flowood; grandchildren, Richard Burton and wife Julie, Dustin Burton and wife Robin, Kristal Burton, Elise Burton Graham and husband Jacob, Ellyn Burton, Aaron Burton, and Michael Burton; step grand-daughter, McKayla Rase; great-grandchildren, David Burton, Ethan Burton, Olivia Burton; daughter-in-law, Dale Herrington Burton; and sister-in-law, Ruth Beemon Williamson.

Mrs. Burton was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Ivan A. Burton; her son, Randy Ivan Burton; her brother, Earlie Edgar Williamson; and sister, Mildred Arlena Williamson; and her parents, Joseph Jermany Williamson and Nettie Harrison Williamson.

The funeral service was held at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Little Rock on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, with visitation preceding. Rev. Jimmy McDill conducted the service. Pallbearers were Richard Burton, Aaron Burton, Michael Burton, Johnnie Wright, Doyle White, and Dennis Miller. Interment was in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of Hopewell Baptist Church. The Burton family wishes to express its thanks to Mrs. Burton’s many friends for their prayers, support, and sympathy.

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There will be a private family memorial for Mr. Gene Arnold Brumett Sr. with interment in Kentucky at a later date. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Brumett, Sr., 78, of Union, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at his residence.

He was a member of Pinckney Baptist Church and a Mason of Pinckney Lodge.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Tommie Brumett of Union; two daughters, Pam Eldridge and husband Phil of Union and Becki Fowler and husband Chuck of Lauderdale; one son, Gene Brumette Jr. and wife Ellen of Dothan, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Sandi Thrash and husband Bruce and Tommy Baldwin of all of Union, Billy Baldwin and wife Heather of North Carolina, Nikki Joiner and husband Jeremy, Danny Harris and wife Ashley all of Meridian, Jess Brumett of Virginia and Matt Brumett of Tennessee; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Gladys Gutherie, Peggy Druin, both of Kentucky; three brothers, Bobby Brumett, David Brumett and Donnie, all of Kentucky.

Mr. Brumett was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Thelma Brumett, one brother, Billy Brumett and one sister, Joy Brumett.

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A service celebrating the life of Lillian Kennedy was held Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home, North Chapel, in Newton, with Reverend Jimmy Harrison officiating. Ms. Kennedy’s cremains were interred in the Hickory Cemetery.

Ms. Kennedy, 90, died in the care of Covenant Hospice on Nov. 11, 2012.

She was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Hickory to John and Pauline Monroe. She worked in Meridian at F.W. Williams Insurance Agency most of her working career. After retiring, she moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., to work for the Orange Grove Center for the Mentally Handicapped. She found work there to be most rewarding, enhancing the life of the residents. In 1988, she received the award for Outstanding Residential Staff Person of the Year. She remained in their employment until the age of 70, at which time she returned to her hometown of Hickory, enjoying her home, family, and friends there for many years.

She then became a resident of Aldersgate for Senior Living in Meridian, and enjoyed making new friends, playing Scrabble, and shopping. Due to health reasons, at the age of 89, she moved to Orange Beach, Ala., to be cared for by her daughter and son-in-law. Lillian was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and follower of Christ. Lillian was a longtime member of Hickory Baptist Church. Her hobbies were sewing and reading and enjoying a special affinity for biographies of presidents and first ladies.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Perry Williams; granddaughter, (Roger) Jennifer; great-granddaughters, Ansley and Madison; and great-grandson, Jack; granddaughters, (Judith) Stacy and Kimberly; great-granddaughters, Taylor and Ashley; and great-great granddaughter, Keira; grandson, (John) Scott; and granddaughter, Michelle; and great-grandson Trey and great-granddaughter Kayla; nieces, Kristie Blount, Lisa Burrell, and their families; nephew Carl E. Williamson and family.

She was preceded in death by sons, Roger E. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy; grandson, John Kennedy Jr. and Douglas G. Gray; parents, John and Pauline Monroe; brothers, Elliot, Charleton, Julian and Joh, Jr.; sisters, Grace Williamson and Jean Monroe.

Special thanks for Covenant Hospice and Lilly Rodgers for their loving care and compassion.

Family and friends may sign and online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Newton County Funeral Home North Chapel, 9998 Eastside Dr. Ext., Newton, MS 39345.

Obituaries December 2012

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Services for Ruth Nicholson Walton were held Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel in Philadelphia, with Rev. Byrd Hillman, Jr. and Rev. Jim Matheny officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Zion United Methodist Cemetery in Neshoba County with McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Walton, 92, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton.

She was a native and longtime resident of the Dixon Community in Neshoba County. She operated, with her husband, Walton’s Grocery south of Dixon on Hwy. 21 for several years. Mrs. Walton was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church where she served as church organist for more than 50 years and was a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed gardening, reading, meeting people and served as the family historian.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. E. Walton and parents, Mart and Frances Nicholson.

Survivors include her daughters, Janet (Cole) Arthur of Dixon and Teri (Charles) Gieb of Brandon; grandchildren, Amy (Chris) Myers of Ovett, Katie (Ronald) Goss of Dixon, Nathan Gieb and Matthew Gieb, both of Brandon; and one great-grandchild, Cole Myers.

Pallbearers were Ronald Goss, Ronald Arthur, Billy Nicholson, Chris Myers, Nathan Gieb, Matthew Gieb and Chris Stamper.

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Services for Bessie Spence Smith (Bet) were held Dec. 1, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Little Rock Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro. Mike Smith brought the message and Mark Spence sang. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

Bessie Spence Smith (Bet), 86, of Brandon, died Wednesday night, Nov. 28, 2012. Complications after two massive strokes led to her death. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Bet was born Feb. 19, 1928. She graduated from Beulah Hubbard High School in 1946. She loved working with children. She volunteered in the nursery for many years at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur, and she taught pre-school children in her home for almost 20 years. Bet loved being a wife and mother and she brought great joy to her home. One of our favorite family memories was sitting around the table after a good meal, watching Mom “laugh until she cried.”

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, N.F. Smith. She is also survived by her four daughters, Sandy Womble and husband Ken, Debbie Gibbs and husband Randy, Paula Buisson and husband Mike and Becky Scoggin; seven grandchildren, Justin Buisson and wife Ashley, Valerie McDonald and husband Michael, Rachel Scoggin, Matt Scoggin, Elise Bullock and husband Nick, Spencer Buisson, Ellen Gibbs; and many nieces and nephews.

The Smith family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to the Lakeland Rehab and Nursing Home for their unfailing love and support during Bet’s long illness.

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Robert H. "Van" Mitchell, 60, of Fort Myers, Fla., died on Nov. 16, 2012, at his residence.

He was born on May 2, 1952, in Cordova, Ala., a child of Hugh and Bobbie Nell (Gilbert) Mitchell. Van received his BA from Mississippi College and his Masters in Education from Mississippi State. A resident of Fort Myers since 1991, he was a math teacher for the Lee County School District for the past 21 years. He started at the Sanibel and Edison Park Elementary Schools; then taught at Colonial and Littleton Elementary Schools before going to Three Oaks Middle School 18 years ago.He was a member of the McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers, where he was an active member of the choir.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Linda Gail (Elliott) Mitchell; his children, Robbie Mitchell Jimmerson of Elberta, Ala., Elliott Van Mitchell of Gainesville, Fla., and Trace Evan Mitchell of Fort Myers, Fla.; his grandson, Holden Price Crook; his mother, Bobbie Mitchell Cook of Conehatta; and his sister, Kawanna Mitchell Malone of Jackson.

A memorial service will be held on Dec. 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Conehatta Baptist Church in Conehatta. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, PO Box 23827, Tampa, FL 33633-1622. Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.

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Rose Mary Collums Wade, 82 of Lawrence, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Funeral services were held Dec. 1, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home - South in Newton, with burial in Nance Hill Cemetery, Lawrence.

Mrs. Collums was a member of Lawrence Sewing Club and she loved decorating for all holidays.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Thomas and husband Keith of The Woodlands, Texas, and Glenna Morgan and husband Doug of Brandon; a sister, Helen Nance Coker of Newton; grandsons, Ken Evans and wife Sarina of Byram, David Alan Evans and wife Jennie of Brandon, Taylor Morgan of Brandon; a granddaughter, Carrie Rose Evans of Brandon; great- grandchildren, Hartley Evans, Dylan Evans, and Piper Evans; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Collums; parents, John Cornelius Nance Jr., and Eva Wilkins Nance; a daughter, Sissy Evans; brothers, John L Nance and Dick Nance; and a sister, Elizabeth Nance Stricklin.

Pallbearers were Keith Thomas, Neil Stricklin, Ken Evans, David Alan Evans, Taylor Morgan, and Kenneth Flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lawrence Schoolhouse P N R Fund c/o Elaine Moss, 1277 Woodrow Ezell Road, Decatur, MS 39327. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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Services for Robert Neese Jr. were held Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Sullivan and Sister Clara Moore officiating. Burial followed in Fellowship Cemetery in Neshoba County. McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Neese, 41, of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at his home.

He was a native and longtime resident of Neshoba County. He was employed as a truck driver for B & G Wood Products. He was serving as fire chief for Hope Fire Department, was a rescue diver and a member of Southeast Regional Response Team. Mr. Neese was Baptist by faith.

Survivors include his wife, Melissa Anderson Neese of Philadelphia; daughters, Tiffany Neese Vaughn (Austin), Brittany Neese (Camron McDaniel) and Robin Neese all of Philadelphia; sisters, Jodie Neese Skinner of Union, Linda Rogers Bryan of Philadelphia, Virginia Rogers Drake of Philadelphia, Clara Neese Moore of Edinburg, Charlotte Neese Thompson of Philadelphia and Carol Neese Kilpatrick of Philadelphia; and brothers, John David Rogers of Philadelphia and Robert Skelton Neese of Oxford.

Mr. Neese was preceded in death by his parents, Robert S. Neese Sr. and Druesillar Rogers Neese; sister, Chessie Neese Stovall; maternal grandparents, Dave and Lena Mae Sims; and paternal grandparents, Arthur and Ellie Jane Neese.

Pallbearers were Shannon Skinner, Chad Grantham, Bradley Broome, Scott Graham, Billy Adcock, Amanda Pinter, Clifford McDaniel and Jonathan Spears. Honorary pallbearers were all Neshoba County Firefighters and board members, EMS and law enforcement personnel.

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Charles Daniel "Dan" Shaffer, 68 of Meridian, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.

Funeral services were held Dec. 4, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home North in Newton, with Bro. Jackie Strebeck officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery.

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Funeral services for Coriee Etoya Johnson will be held at Morning Star on Friday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Services for Mrs. Nan Aiken were held Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with burial in the Union City Cemetery. Pastor Will Labrenz officiated.

Mrs. Aiken, 73, of Union, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 8:05 am, at Rush Foundation Hospital of Meridian.

Mrs. Nan was loved by everyone. She never met a stranger. If she had pictures of her family, you would know them before she walked away from you. She was a member of Community Seventh Day Adventist Church of Meridian. She was a member of social clubs of Union Ladies Organizations.

She leaves behind the following loved ones: her husband, Bill Aiken of Union; her children, Richard L. Whitehead and wife Judith of Meridian, Ann Nestler and husband Doug of Greenville, Wayne (Cowboy) Whitehead and wife Gale of Mendenhall; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters, Hazel Ellingburg of Philadelphia, Gayle Butler of Summerset, Ky., and Judi Bass of Lakewales, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and two brothers.

Pallbearers were Terry Strickland, Charles Ellingburg, Doug Seth, Ken Moser, Gerald Todd, and Bobby Munn.

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Carrol Calvin "CC" Thomason, 79 of Newton, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian. Funeral services were held Dec. 8, 2012, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Newton, with Bro. Steve Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

He was a native of Pontotoc, moving to this area in the late 70s. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner, and a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening and was an avid pilot. Favorite past times were listening to country music, especially Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, and Elvis Presley. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved to talk and enjoyed his time at Hardee's drinking coffee at the "liars table." He will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie Leon and Bessie Kelly Thomason; three brothers and one sister.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Thomason of Newton; daughter, Tammy Meaders and her husband Butch of Newton; two sons, Leslie Thomason and Rusty Thomason, both of Texas; one sister, Marjiorie Kennedy of Blue Springs; six stepchildren; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The Hardee's coffee club will serve as honorary pallbearers. Newton County Funeral Home of Newton is in charge of arrangements.

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Betty Rush Browne, of Newton, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson.

Funeral services were held at Newton United Methodist Church on Dec. 6, with a graveside service at Union United Methodist Church in Porterville following. Rev. Wayne Napier officiated.

Ms. Browne was born on Sept. 26, 1937, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was the daughter of Glen and Frances Briggs Rush. She grew up in Porterville and graduated from Porterville High School. After graduating from the Mississippi University for Women, she moved to Apalachicola, Fla., where she taught English at Chapman High School. She moved to Mississippi in 1972 and completed her Master’s Degree in English at Mississippi State University.

Ms. Browne then taught high school English at Newton High School until her retirement in 2002. She was a member of Newton United Methodist Church, where she played the piano for 17 years. She enjoyed playing bridge, working in her yard, traveling around the world, reading, spending time with her family and friends, Mississippi State sports, and proper grammar. Gracious and witty, she was an exceptional mother, grandmother, and friend.

Survivors include her daughter, Katherine Browne Brown and her husband Jim and their children Rush, Ben, Meg and Kate, of Starkville; and her daughter, Kelly Browne, of New Orleans.

Memorials may be made to Newton United Methodist Church, or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38101-9908.

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Walter Thurman Pace, 71 of Lake, died Friday Nov. 23, 2012, at J.G Alexander Nursing Home in Union following a brief illness. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday Nov. 24, 2012, at Hazel Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. Rev. Chris Wells and Rev. Cliff Pace officiated the services.

Mr. Pace was born in Newton County on Feb. 12, 1941, to Seth Pace and Carrie Gibbs Pace.

He retired as a train engineer from the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad in 1980, and was a member of Hazel Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Jeanna Michelle Pace.

Survivors include his former wife, Gloria Pace of Lake; two sons, Scott Pace (Lindy) and Eric Pace both of Lake; and a daughter Suzanne Hansford (Steve) of Union. He is also survived by two brothers, James Wallace Pace of Collinsville, and Herman Pace of Jackson; and four grandchildren, Tyler Hansford (Brandi) Emily Hansford, Michael Pace and Alyssa Pace.

Pallbearers were Jerry Crosby, Lewis Crosby, Stacy Monk, Derek Pace, Michael Pace and Tyler Hansford. Funeral services were provided by Ott and Lee Funeral Home of Forest.

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Charles Daniel Shaffer was born Aug. 7, 1944, and died Dec. 2, 2012, at the age of 68.

He was a lifelong resident of Newton County.

He enjoyed working and spending time with his grandchildren. Gardening was a favorite past time.

He loved his church family at Ebenezer Baptist, where he was a faithful member as long as his health permitted.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Dan and Mildred Golden Shaher.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Hilda Wiles Shaffer; one daughter, Kim Shaffer Williams and her husband Shane; one son, Charles R. Shaffer and his wife Rebecca, all of Decatur; six grandchildren, Brett Shaffer, Katie Shaffer, Brandon Williams, Reece Shaffer, Allie Williams and Gracie Williams; two sisters, Joyce Waltman and her husband Mike of Collinsville and Dianne Norman and her husband Frank of Newton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Dec. 4, 2012, at Newton County Funeral Home North in Newton, with Bro. Jackie Strebeck and Bro. Larry Laird officiating. Music was provided by Dianne Nelson and Bro. Marion Felton. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Richardson, Brandon Williams, Brett Shaffer, Steve Waltman, Al Waltman, Bryan Burt, and Gary Morrow. The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 297, Newton, MS 39345.

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Services for Vera Lou Ella McBride were held Nov. 17, 2012, at Sherman Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. James Morris, officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. McBride, 93, of Lake, died Nov. 13, 2012, at Pioneer Hospital.

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Services for Brittany Walker were held Dec. 1, 2012, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Anthony Robinson officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery with Clark Memorial Funeral Home, LLC in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Walker, 21, of Newton, died Nov. 24, 2012 at Pioneer Hospital.

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William Gary Rivers died Nov. 30, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. Born in 1939 in Union to John Victor and Birdie Rivers, he grew up in Neshoba County, later attending Mississippi State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology.

Upon graduation, Gary moved to Texas and worked for over 30 years in the aircraft industry, highway department construction and healthcare management.

He is survived by Sandra, his wife of 48 years; sons, Rick and wife Kristina of Pinetop, Ariz., Ross and wife Chalee of Carpio, N.D.; granddaughters, Samantha, Elizabeth, Shae, and Desta; and grandsons, Devan, Isaac and Amanuel. A private memorial was held by immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, please forward remembrances in the form of donations to Mission Arlington, 210 West South St., Arlington, TX 76010, 817.277.6620, www.missionarlington.org.

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David Michael “Mike” Hurst Sr., also known as “Dirt Dobber,” died Dec. 12, 2012, in Jackson, at the age of 55, after a tough fight with leukemia.

A lifelong resident of Hurstville, a suburb of Hickory, Mike was a loving father, a hard worker and a loyal friend. He brightened the room when he walked in, and if he didn’t call you by a nickname that he had given you, that just means he hadn’t known you long enough yet. He was a standout athlete at Hickory High School, and later played football at East Central Junior College in Decatur. He left ECJC to work for the railroad and later worked offshore and at various other blue collar jobs.

In the early 1980s, he founded Mike Hurst Trucking, and for the next 20 plus years, he hauled timber throughout the Southeast, and later worked for various pipeline companies around the country. In July 2010, he was diagnosed with leukemia, and had a successful bone marrow transplant in November 2011.

He was preceded in death by his father, H.O. Hurst; and brother, Charlie Green “Billy” Hurst.

Survivors include his mother, Amelia Hurst of Hurstville; his sister, Kristie Hurst of Chunky; his wife, Sharon Hurst; his daughter, Helen Olivia, of Decatur; his sister-in-law, Susan Hurst of Hurstville; his niece, Shonda Campbell and her husband Billy and sons Joshua Paul and John Paul of Chunky; his niece, Cheryl Hurst of Hurstville; his son, David Michael “Lil’ Mike” Hurst Jr. and his wife Celeste and their children Anna Reagan, Amelia, Asa and Ainsley, of Madison; his daughter, Aime’e Hurst Lang and her husband Heath Lang and their children Darby, Darcy and Dayle’e, of Enterprise; and his ex-wife, Lucy Mabry Hurst Gordon and her husband Chris Gordon of Ocean Springs.

Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 15, at Antioch Christian Church on Hwy. 503, south of Hickory, with a funeral service following. Burial was at Sand Springs Baptist Church cemetery on Hwy. 503 in Hurstville, just north of Hickory. Newton County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com.

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Services for Donna Domergue Ferrell were held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Hulett-Winstead Chapel in Hattiesburg. Donna Domergue Ferrell, 90, of Hattiesburg, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Silver Leaf Manor in Meridian. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Mrs. Ferrell was born Oct. 31, 1922, to Clarence R. and Cora H. Domergue. She was a lifelong resident of Hattiesburg and a member of Main Street United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Austin Neely Ferrell Jr.; and a sister, Renee Temple.

She is survived by two sons, Austin Neely Ferrell III (Stephanie) of Union, and Ernest John Ferrell (Pat) of Hattiesburg; a daughter, Lynda Gill of Hattiesburg; a brother, C.R. Domergue Jr. of Hattiesburg; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

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Graveside services for William Othel McMullan were held Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Mt Zion Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, with Stephens Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. McMullan, age 80, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.

Mr. McMullan served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U S Navy.

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Frank R. Peckham Jr., 89, a resident of Jamesville, N.Y., formerly of Conehatta, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, following an extended illness.Friends and family members gathered for a graveside service on Nov. 21, 2012, at the Conehatta Methodist Cemetery. Funeral services were provided by Ott & Lee Funeral Home of Forest.

Mr. Peckham was born in Lincoln, Kansas on Jan. 12, 1923, to Frank R. Peckham Sr. and Emily Greenwood Peckham. He served his country in the United States Army, and later became the principal of the Conehatta Choctaw Indian School.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen L. Peckham; and a son, Scott K. Peckham.

He is survived by two children, Kent K. Peckam and wife Trena of Central Square, N.Y., and Kimberlea Kaye Anderson and husband Ken of Pearl; and four grandchildren.

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Services for Mrs. Willie B. Davidson were held Dec. 16, 2012, at Pine Grove Pentecostal Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Mark Copeland, Rev. Kenneth Rockco and Rev. Randall Dunaway officiated.

Mrs. Davidson, 83, of Sebastopol, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Neshoba General Alzheimer’s Unit. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Willie B. Davidson was a member of Pine Grove Pentecostal Church, having received the Holy Ghost and baptized, in Jesus’ name, more than 60 years ago.

She enjoyed flowers, gardening, reading, and cooking. Her life revolved around God, church, family and friends. Her family will remember Mrs. Willie B.’s favorite verse: “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we may die,” Ecc. 8:15

Mrs. Davidson’s last message to her children was that she loved them all the same.

Survivors include her loving husband of 63 years, Eugene Davidson of Sebastopol; four daughters, Shelby Benson and husband Dewayne of Philadelphia, Robbie McDonald and husband Danny of Conehatta, Kathy Hillman and husband Ricky of Conehatta, Rita Kennedy and husband Guy; two brothers, Cecil Watkins of Union, Odell Watkins of Pascagoula; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Davidson was preceded in death by her parents, Jenny and Betty Watkins; one son, Glen Davidson; and one brother, Jim Watkins.

Pallbearers were Brandon Hillman, Chad Benson, Ryan Kennedy, Blake McDonald, Brad McDonald, Chancley Hillman, Greg Davidson and Tommy Watkins. Honorary pallbearers were Floyd Bozeman, Steven Adcock, J.T. Herrington, and Clay Barber.

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Imogene Kelly, 80 of Newton, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at her residence.Funeral services were held Dec. 18, 2012, at Antioch Christian Church in Hickory with Dr. John Cash and Bro. Roger York officiating. Burial followed in Pace Cemetery in Lake. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kelly was a member of Antioch Christian Church. She enjoyed cooking at the Mississippi Christian Church Camp, she was devoted to her family. She loved her grandbabies and great grandbabies.

Survivors include her two sons, Charles Kelly and wife Connie of Newton, and O'Neal Kelly and wife Cathy of Newton; six grandchildren, Amanda Garrison and husband Jamie of Little Rock, Brian Kelly and wife Samantha of Little Rock, Jennifer Palmer and husband Newell of Newton, Steven Kelly and wife Nikki of Newton, Benjamin Kelly and wife Amanda of Newton, and Alison Crenshaw and husband Samuel of Newton; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Kelly; her parents, Arthur and Lillian Jackson Pilgrim; three sisters, Alma Pickett, Dorothy Taylor, Mazelle Scarborough; a granddaughter, Tara Secrist; a great-grandson, Tyler Garrison; and a daughter in law, Pam Kelly.

Pallbearers were Newell Palmer, Samuel Crenshaw, Jamie Garrison, Kris Hollingsworth, Jeremy Williams, and Archie Taflinger. Honorary pallbearers were James Vance, Seth Cash, and Spencer Cash.

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Services for Vera Herrington were held at Pine Grove Baptist Church on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Rev. Curtis Guess and Rev. Rusty Walton officiated with burial in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of the arrangements.

Vera Herrington, 97, of Union, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at J. G. Alexander Nursing Home.

Ms. Herrington was a long time member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She loved her family and her church.

Survivors include two brothers, Earl Collins and wife Carolyn of Brandon, and Muriel Collins and wife JoAnne of Union; a sister, Lorene Gordon of Union; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ms. Herrington is preceded in death by her husband, Omer Herrington; parents, Quill and Izzie Collins; and three sisters, Eva Smith, Irene Smith, and Pearl Morris.

Pallbearers were Steve Nelson, Jack Reynolds, Ricky Cleveland, Clifton Rush, Danny Russell, and Craig Johnson.

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Services for Mrs. Willie B. Davidson were held on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Pine Grove Pentecostal Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Mark Copeland, Rev. Kenneth Rockco and Rev. Randall Dunaway officiated

Mrs. Davidson, 83, of Sebastopol, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Neshoba General Alzheimer’s Unit. Milling Funeral Home of Sebastopol was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Willie B. Davidson was a member of Pine Grove Pentecostal Church, having received the Holy Ghost and baptized, in Jesus’ name, over 60 years ago. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, reading, and cooking. Her life revolved around God, church, family and friends. Her family will remember Mrs. Willie B.’s favorite verse: “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we may die,” Ecc. 8:15

Mrs. Davidson’s last message to her children was that she loved them all the same.

Survivors include her loving husband of 63 years, Eugene Davidson of Sebastopol; four daughters, Shelby Benson and husband Dewayne of Philadelphia, Robbie McDonald and husband Danny of Conehatta, Kathy Hillman and husband Ricky of Conehatta, Rita Kennedy and husband Guy; two brothers, Cecil Watkins of Union, and Odell Watkins of Pascagoula; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Davidson was preceded in death by her parents, Jenny and Betty Watkins; one son, Glen Davidson; and one brother, Jim Watkins.

Pallbearers were Brandon Hillman, Chad Benson, Ryan Kennedy, Blake McDonald, Brad McDonald, Chancley Hillman, Greg Davidson and Tommy Watkins. Honorary pallbearers were Floyd Bozeman, Steven Adcock, J.T. Herrington, and Clay Barber.

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Funeral services for Annie M. Hurst were held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Sand Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Jackie Strebeck officiating. Burial was in Sand Springs Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hurst, 93 of Hickory, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

She was a lifelong resident of Newton County. She was the last living chartered member of Sand Springs Baptist Church, a church that she loved dearly.

Favorite pastimes were working in her yard tending to her flowers and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Leon Hurst; one son, Bobby "Shank" Hurst; one great-grandchild, Jason Maxwell; one great-great grandchild, Karlie Jo Fitzgerald; her parents, Sam Henry and Nancy Grantham McNeil; three brothers, Edgar McNeil, Elvin McNeil, and Leon McNeil; three sisters, Ethel Hurst, Louise Thomas, and Myrtle Dean Harris.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Hurst and his wife, Mary Jane of Chunky and Ronnie Hurst of Hickory; one daughter, Margaret Fitzgerald Ellzey of Soso; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Kenneth "Shot" Fitzgerald, Bobby Dan Hurst, Gary Hurst, Kenway Hurst, Kenney Fitzgerald, and Colton Hurst. Honorary pallbearers were Lee Fitzgerald, Eugene "Scooter" Hurst, Jamie Meaders, and Johnny Dickens. Memorials may be made to Sand Springs Baptist Church. The family wishes to express their appreciation to Bedford Care Center in Newton for their love, support, and care for their mother during her stay there. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.newtoncountyfuneralhome.com

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A celebration of life for Mrs. Floy Davidson Garner was held Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church with burial in the Decatur City Cemetery. Rev. Mark Vincent officiated.

Mrs. Garner, 95, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital.

Mrs. Garner was an active member of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church for over 40 years, where she was a member of the Golden Homemakers Sunday School Class. She was a dedicated Christian who loved serving God and family. She participated in the Senior Adult Ministry, which included the Triple L Club, Senior Adult Choir and game nights (dominoes). Mrs. Floy enjoyed walking outdoors, pruning her flowers and gardening. She showed her family and friends her love by cooking delicious food. Some of her pastime was spent swinging on her porch watching and visiting with her neighborhood children.

Survivors include one son, Ted D. Garner and wife Addie of Houston, Texas; one son-in-law, Donald A. Story and wife Myrna of Waynesboro; one sister, Dorothy L. Biggers of Mobile, Ala.; three grandchildren, Christy Moriarty and husband Peter of Orange, Va., Elise Offutt of Atlanta, Ga., and Melanie Pope and husband Brad of Atlanta, Ga.; eight great-grandchildren, Ford, Robin, Lily, and Colton Moriarty, all of Orange, Va., Sarah, George, and Gibbs Pope and Samuel Offutt, all of Atlanta, Ga. She is also survived by a very special friend, Carla Rushing, and a special friend of many years to her and all of her family, Irma Goodwin.

Mrs. Garner was preceded in death by her husband, Emil C. Garner; and one daughter, Jane Story.

Pallbearers were Brian Frink, Jody Ray Addy, Mickey Vance, Dr. James Yelverton, Bruce Cater and Max Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were Don Story, Peter Moriarty, Brad Pope, Larry Davidson, Jerry Davidson, and her Sunday School Class Golden Homemakers: Bettye Barnett, Ethel Duett, Sara Fox, Molly Hayes, Johnnie Keith, Jesse Bell Pace, Ruby Walters, and Roberta Jones. The family is very grateful for the special care provided by Susan, Tina, Doris, Ella and Virna and also the staff at Bedford Care Nursing Facility and Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton. She will be remembered as a loving, Godly mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Clarke-Venable Baptist Church Building Fund P.O. Box 308 Decatur, MS. 39327

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Services for Ruby Inez Breland were held Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Pine Grove Baptist Church. The Rev. Malcolm Lewis and the Rev. Rusty Walton officiated. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in the House community of Neshoba County. McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Breland, 96, of Union, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Laird Hospital in Union.

She was born and reared in Newton County and made her home in Union most of her life. Mrs. Breland was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Bobbie Jean Munn of Union; one grandson; three great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Breland was preceded in death by her husband, George Cleveland Breland.

Pallbearers were Bob Breland, Joe Breland, David Breland, Bryan Adkins, Jackie French and Josh Adkins.

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A memorial visitation for Eleanor Rita Crocker will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, from 7- 8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Philadelphia.

Ms. Crocker, 80, of Union, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Laird Hospital.

Survivors include her son, Del Crocker Jr.; two granddaughters, Allyson Crocker and Ryleigh Crocker; two sisters, Ollivette Giestenheimer and Adele O'Neal; and one brother, Raymond Millaudon.

She was preceded in death by her father, Fredrick Millaudon; mother, Louise Siegwart Millaudon; son, Wayne Marshall; brother, Freddie Millaudon and sister, Rosie Millaudon.

Milling Funeral Home of Union was in charge of arrangements.

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